Volunteers wanted for Mon./Wed./Sat. shifts from 9 – 11:30 a.m. at First Christian Church to make bagged meals for people who struggle with food scarcity. To learn what shifts are available, contact Verna Tjemsland, Food Hub scheduler at vtjemsl@gmail.com. For general information, call or write to 541-345-8741 or foodhub@fcceugene.org.

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 more than 2,000 bag meals each month at First Christian Church. White Bird, HIV Alliance, First Place Family Center, Square One Village, Occupy Medical, Nightingale, Bent Spokes, Catholic Worker and other nonprofits distribute the packaged meals to their clients.

Interfaith Food Hub adheres to COVID precautionary measures, requiring volunteers to wear masks and practice social distancing in the kitchen. 

Young people are also welcome to volunteer. Parents should accompany youth under the age of 16.