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Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation Grant Significantly Impacts SVDP La Pine Programs

In December 2023, the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation bestowed SVDP La Pine with a transformative grant of nearly $10,000, marking the largest single grant ever received for direct services, significantly impacting our community-based organization. This generous contribution is poised to make a profound difference in the lives of food-insecure community members in Southern Deschutes, providing essential nutrition support, hygiene kits, and administrative resources.

The grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation comes at a critical time, as communities grapple with concurrent challenges such as food insecurity, rising utility costs, and illness. SVDP La Pine’s food bank, located in central La Pine, serves as a lifeline for thousands of individuals and families in need, offering a wide array of perishable and non-perishable items in a grocery store-like setting.

Run entirely by volunteers, except for key managerial positions, the food bank not only addresses immediate hunger needs but also serves as a platform for employment training, empowering individuals to transition into better circumstances. The goal is not only to provide food assistance but also to foster economic and social empowerment within the community. Learn more about our social services.

In the past year alone, SVDP La Pine has extended its services to over 20,000 neighbors across Southern Deschutes, Klamath, and Lake counties in Oregon. The food bank, in particular, has been a beacon of hope, serving 14,560 families with critical food items and educational resources. Despite facing a surge in demand exacerbated by rising food costs and cuts to food assistance programs, SVDP La Pine remains steadfast in its commitment to meeting the needs of the community.

The grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation will undoubtedly amplify SVDP La Pine’s impact, enabling the organization to reach even more individuals and families in need. On behalf of the community and SVDP La Pine, heartfelt gratitude is extended to the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation for their unwavering support and confidence in the organization’s mission. Together, they are striving towards a more resilient and compassionate community for all.

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