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The Sunriver Women’s Club kicked off a new fundraising effort, the Hunger Prevention Fund, to combat food insecurity in south Deschutes County. The campaign kicked off at the May 11, 2023 Board meeting and will continue through March, 2024. The intent of the campaign is to raise funds for local food pantries to help offset costs due to increased demand and need and unparalleled food and fuel prices. The three local nonprofits to receive funds are the La Pine Community Kitchen, Sunriver Care & Share Outreach, and St. Vincent de Paul of La Pine. SWRC will gather and distribute funds monthly to these organizations.

Among the factors that motivated the SRWC to focus on local food insecurity include:

  • Groceries were about 11.3% higher in January 2023 than a year earlier
  • Deschutes County has a food insecurity rate of almost 10%
  • Reduction in SNAP benefits are increasing the number of people needing food assistance in south Deschutes County
  • The La Pine Community Kitchen saw a 31% increase in pounds distributed and 25% increase in the number of children served in March 2023 over February 2023
  • Cash donations to food banks are not going as far due to the increased food costs
  • Food insecurity is considered a critical public health issue

“We are in absolute panic about what is about to happen. And frankly, I am terrified for what we are facing for the rest of this year and next year.” - Scott Cooper, Executive Director, NeighborImpact, The Bulletin, Feb 18, 2023

“Going away from maximum allotment (of SNAP benefits), for some people, will likely mean they lose their housing.” – April Munks, District Manager, Oregon DHS, The Bulletin, Feb 18, 2023

Not Losing Ground - Hungry kids can’t learn:

The Power of 100+ and Power of 50 for Education fundraising projects will have a transformative impact on families in south Deschutes County for years to come. We can increase the long-term effectiveness of those outstanding programs and not lose the ground those programs gained by helping to advance local hunger prevention programs, particularly now. 

34% of food insecure children in Deschutes County are likely not eligible for federal nutrition assistance. Credit:

The Sunriver Women's Club (SRWC) is a  501C (3) nonprofit community service organization that welcomes members from Sunriver and the surrounding communities. 

The essence of the SRWC is to be a caring partner to our neighbors, nonprofits in south Deschutes County, local businesses and visitors.

The majority of our members are from Sunriver, La Pine and Bend-everyone is welcome.  Members participate in social and philanthropic activities.  The membership year runs from October 1 through September 30, but you may join in any month. Click on JOIN US to start your membership process.

Sunriver Women's Club
18160 Cottonwood Road, PMB 865, Sunriver, OR  97707

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