Chef Teaches Cheap Meal Planning

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — When you are on a low or fixed income, you want to make sure you are getting the most bang out of your buck, especially when it comes to planning out your meals for the month. One local organization is working to teach this life skill. The Afiya Apartments, run by ShelterCare, … Continue reading »

SPROUT! Promotes Local Food

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lane County is one of the few communities that can boast a food hub, a center based entirely on supporting the local food industry. But how does its food hub work? “People talk about the Willamette Valley like it’s the garden of Eden. This is an amazing agriculture area that has more … Continue reading »

Gleaning Bill to Benefit Farmers

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon farmers can do a number of things with surplus crops. One option is donating them to gleaners. They come harvest the extra crops and distribute it to low-income families. Right now farmers don’t get any incentive for donating to gleaners, but a new bill could change that. Betty Briggs, of Gleaner … Continue reading »

Hunting for Truffles in Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. — Truffles are a rare commodity, and Oregon’s white winter truffles are almost out of season. A local company cultivates the fungi, and with a little help from man’s best friend, the owner’s are able to harvest them. KEZI 9 News photojournalist Kathleen Spencer followed along to the secret location where some golden … Continue reading »

First Black Truffle Harvested in Oregon

CORVALLIS, Ore. — It’s considered the ultimate luxury food. A Perigord truffle made its first appearance in Oregon. It was harvested near Corvallis from the oldest orchard in the state. Initially, people were skeptical the truffle could be grown here because it’s too wet. “In terms of our hope and our vision for having Oregon … Continue reading »

Choking Risk Among Children

(CNN) — Young children, from infancy until age 5, are particularly at risk of choking. Not only do they have small airways, but it also takes several years to master the ability to chew and swallow food. It’s very important to avoid foods that are hard or round or slippery. Examples include whole grapes, hard … Continue reading »

Mediterranean Diet Better for Heart

(CNN) — Low-fat or Mediterranean–which diet is better for your heart? Researchers in Spain tracked people on each diet for five years. The winner was the Mediterranean diet, especially one with a lot of extra-virgin olive oil. That group’s risk of having a heart attack, stroke or dying of heart disease was 30 percent lower … Continue reading »

FFLC Meets its Donation Goal

EUGENE, Ore. — Food For Lane County announce that it had met its donation goal Tuesday, way ahead of schedule. In early February, organizers say an anonymous donor approached them with a challenge to raise $100,000 by February 28th and the donor would match the amount. Since then, organizers say donations have been pouring in … Continue reading »

Eugene School Celebrates Grant Award

EUGENE, Ore. — A local school district celebrated with sloppy joes and roasted potatoes after getting a grant from the Oregon Department of Education. Bethel’s Willamette High School is one of several schools in the area participating in Farm to School education programs. The grant will help expand those programs, as well as the district’s … Continue reading »

Donor Gives Fund-Matching Challenge

EUGENE, Ore. — Food for Lane County is on its way to getting a big financial boost. An anonymous donor will match up to $100,000 this month only. Two months after holidays, typically this time of year donations at Food for Lane County tend to drop. Not this February. Somebody, who could be watching this … Continue reading »

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