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The COFPC works with Central Oregon farmers and organizations to provide locally produced fresh food to low-income individuals. Our team combines the seasoned knowledge of individuals from local food service agencies, hospitals, and community members. We know we are not the only folks working on this movement, but we know together we can do more for our community. There are two primary activities of our Green Thumbs Up! Program

1. Healthy Food Donation Database

This unique program supports the donation of healthy food to local non-profits by developing a local network gleaning database. We support Emergency Food & Shelter organizations. A beta site of our database will be available in Spring 2014.

2. Seed to Supper and Cooking Matters Food Skills Educational Courses

We are partnering with the Oregon Food Bank to deliver their Seed to Supper and Cooking Matters curriculums. We will be one of two organizations outside the Portland Metropolitan area to pilot the project for rural areas in Oregon.

  • Seed to SupperThe Seed to Supper is a comprehensive 5-week beginning gardening course that gives novice, adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget.
  • The Cooking Matters program is a 5-week course teaching individuals and families to use fresh vegetables to cook simple and inexpensive recipes.

cookingmattersThis program will be implemented by our Board Member and Volunteer Program Coordinator, Jules Greene, who is a Family Nurse Practioner working at the St. Charles Health System Emergency Room. She has enlisted the support of Volunteers in Medicine-Cascades (VIM), to host the Seed to Supper classes at their facility and provide a space to install a garden plot to grow and harvest fresh, healthy food. VIM is non-profit that provides healthcare on a donation basis to working adults with no medical insurance or means to pay for care. Their Registered Dietician will coordinate with COFPC to register patients for the class who want to learn how to improve their diet to benefit their health and are willing and able to learn how to grow their own food. The Central Oregon Community College Cascade Culinary Institute (CCI) has agreed to work with the COFPC to teach the participants cooking skills, utilizing the OFB’s Cooking Matters curriculum. The first course will be offered in Spring 2014.

For more information on this program, click here.