Presented by Executive Director Kevin Widdison Kevin Widdison is the director of the Josephine County Food Bank and its Raptor Creek Farm. Working with its two dozen partner agencies, the Food Bank is part of a network that feeds more than 11,000 people in Josephine County every month. Some of those partners are pantries that provide emergency food boxes directly to low-income residents, while others such as Food & Friends and St. Vincent de Paul use ingredients from the Food Bank to prepare hot meals for senior citizens and other in need. Raptor Creek Farm produces an average of 35,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables each year for distribution. As of April 29, the Food Bank is now an independent nonprofit organization, after being part of the United Community Action Network since 2005. The Josephine County Food Bank was established in 1990. Kevin grew up in Portland and worked as a journalist for 38 years before signing on as director of the Food Bank earlier this year. For 21 of those years, he worked at the Daily Courier, serving 17 years as city editor and four years as editor. He and his wife, Eileen, have two grown children, Frances and Ben.
211info - Free Guidance & Information about Health & Social Services
2-1-1 is the nation-wide number connecting people with health and social services. In Oregon, the nonprofit 211info also provides additional resources, being a one-stop free service that provides guidance and information for things like utility payment help, child care referrals, housing assistance, food resources, and more. Our online database is vetted and constantly updated to ensure it's the most reliable and accurate resource guide available, via phone, web site, mobile app, text, or email. Carrie Prechtel, 211info Community Engagement Coordinator for Jackson & Josephine Counties, brings extensive public speaking, training, outreach, and publicity experience to the position, allowing her to raise the level of awareness of 211info in Southern Oregon.
Rotarian Roy introduces Carrie. President Cynthia presents Carrie a moment of her visit. ...