Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank

Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank

Mission/Action Statement

To Address Hunger By Providing Food To Emergency Food Assistance Programs And Support Other Non-Profit Agencies And Their Programs That Have A Positive Affect On The Lives Of Children And Adults In Klamath And Lake Counties.

The Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank had another busy year. Nearly 21 percent of Klamath and Lake County residents visited a food pantry in 2016-17. Most just needed a little help, for a little while (averaged 4-5 visits throughout the year). We also provided food to assist in the preparation of 450,000 meals which fed seniors, children, people with disabilities and people without a home. We assist 100 partner agencies in Klamath and Lake Counties. With Food Bank support these other vital non-profits have more disposable revenue to keep their programs funded.

Our "Produce Connection" program is improving the health of our community from the inside, out. More than 780,000 pounds of fresh produce makes a difference:

"I'm canning again!"

"I'm a diabetic and this program means everything to me. I live on a fixed income and eating healthy can sometimes be hard to do."

"My wife is going through Chemotherapy. This quality produce has been a Godsend."

"I took things I didn't think my kids would eat. They loved the mushrooms and broccoli steamed and mixed. Now I'm buying it at the store and fixing it on a regular basis."

"If it weren't for the Food Bank and the produce they distribute, I wouldn't have enough food to get through the month."

"I don't want food stamps. Sometimes I just need a little help through summer when the kids are out of school."

"Oh my gosh, I've never seen so many happy people out here and I've never gotten so many hugs.
-"Produce Connection" Volunteer-

Since we started the "Produce Connection" back in 2014, we've seen a 20%-25% decrease in people accessing food boxes. Access to produce lessens the demand for food boxes. SUCH GREAT NEWS!!

We've kept up with the demand because of all the wonderful local support we get from the private sector. When many people give a little, we ensure that when times are tough all of our eggs aren't in just a few baskets. We have many eggs in many baskets.

We distribute nearly 34,000 pounds of food weekly. Monetary donations, food drives and volunteerism made it work!

Thanks to our volunteers who make this program work. Their efforts, their time and their passion ensured everyone who needed a little help, received it. About 1,200 volunteers gave 22,500 hours of their valuable time to the Food Bank and our affiliate programs.


Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank 2016-17 Board Member List

President: John Pellissier, Forester, Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Vice-President: Nancy Kandra, Owner, Kandra Farms
Member: Rob Seims, Station Manager, Basin Mediactive
Member: Brooke Kliewer, Commercial Loan Officer, Umpqua Bank

Member: Dan Gellner, Financial Advisor with Ameriprise
Member: Nicky Robinson, Office Manager, Basin Mediactive
Shirley Voight, Director, Cancer Treatment Center


Pie ChartArticles of Incorporation
Certificate of Incorporation
IRS Determination Letter

80% of the food bank budget is in-kind/donated food/non cash. It represents the dollar value of the donated food.
20% is the cash used to cover the cost of moving donated food.


Our Financial Statements (pdf format; links will open in a new window or tab):


statement of functional expenses 2017

2017 functional expenses


The Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information about the food bank:

Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank
3231 Maywood Dr.
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Mailing address: P.O. Box 317
Klamath Falls, OR 97601