When the Sunday Interfaith Breakfast program began in 2010, First Congregational Church was among the first in the faith community to provide financial support. The program served nourishing hot breakfasts each Sunday to more than 300 people, most of whom were unhoused or experiencing food scarcity. Our commitment deepened when a cadre of FCC volunteers joined other faith communities to help prepare and serve the breakfast in the First Christian Church fellowship hall.

In April 2020, the Interfaith Food Hub replaced the Sunday Interfaith Breakfast program when health and safety concerns related to the pandemic made it impossible to safely provide a hot sit-down breakfast. These days, volunteers from several faith communities are still involved, preparing hundreds of bagged lunches four days a week at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. White Bird, HIV Alliance, First Place Family Center, Square One Village, Occupy Medical and other nonprofits distribute the packaged meals.

Interfaith Food Hub adheres to COVID precautionary measures, requiring volunteers to take their temperatures before they arrive, wear masks and practice social distancing in the kitchen. New volunteers are welcome.

For more information, contact Verna Tjemsland, Food Hub scheduler at vtjemsl@gmail.com or Chris Cunningham, FCC Food Hub liaison, at foodhub@fcceugene.org.