As native Portlanders, we embarrass ourselves at times with our diarrhea of the mouth when it comes to hometown bragging rights. Not only do we love this city and everything in it that we hold dear, but we tend to wear our Oregon hats loud and proud. How wonderful is it that we have people in this state dedicating themselves to feeding the hungry? We are so fortunate for this non-profit that takes on the work that many of us don't have the strength or courage to do.
As small business owners, we fully understand that money is tight right now. Every day we are grateful when we see the door to our cafe open with a friendly face behind it. These faces serve as simple reminders that yes, we are all in this together. And as people in the food industry, well, we cannot think of a nobler cause to support than the Oregon Food Bank.
Without further ado, our Blog for Food menu:
fried egg, steak, sweet red onion relish, blue cheese butter and horseradish cream on black-pepper buttermilk biscuit
mixed greens, avocado, blood orange, shaved red onion, and chili toasted pepitas with a lime-cumin vinaigrette
*avocado salad, with navel oranges instead of blood oranges
prosciutto, greens, artichoke, parmesan, and lemon-rosemary mayonnaise on Fleur de Lis Kaiser Roll
add an egg...
grilled cheese sandwich with swiss and gouda cheese, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and artichoke hearts on Italian como bread
We hope to see you tomorrow. If not, know that you can still be a part of the solution. With one simple gesture you can make a difference in the lives of many. When you get to the donation page, please enter “blog for food” in the tribute section so that we can track the effectiveness of our campaign. Rest assured that donations could not be better spent. The Oregon Food Bank touts itself on being effective, efficient, and financially responsible. From their website:
*The Oregon Food Bank Network distributed 792,000 emergency food boxes in Oregon and Clark County, Wash., between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008. That's an in increase over last year, when the OFB Network distributed 752,044 emergency food boxes
*During our first year in our new Meyer Memorial Trust Oregon Food Bank Building OFB distributed 34-million pounds of food, an increase of nine-million more pounds than the previous year
*Less than 5 percent of expenditures goes to fundraising and administrative costs (revenue includes the value of donated food and other goods and services)
While this campaign ends tomorrow, help is always needed. The Blog for Food Campaign is just one small deed in a time when many are struggling, and while money is highly effective, donated food is always welcome. For more information, please click here.
Much thanks to Tami for the initiative, the Oregon Food Bank for the courage, the Bloggers for the ability to type, and to you for your heart.