About Florence Food Share
Florence Food Share is a private, non-profit, emergency food box pantry. Our mission is to alleviate hunger in West Lane County, Oregon. We accomplish this by providing emergency food to low income, disabled, senior, unemployed and underemployed individuals and households in the area of Mapleton, Swisshome, Florence, and Dunes City/Westlake areas of coastal Oregon.
Food Share started out as “Manna Ministries”, a grass-roots effort to help provide emergency food to Florence area residents, in about 1980. Manna Ministries was put together by a group of churches in Florence and operated out of people’s garages and car trunks. Joe and Eulah Aringdale and Bundy and Rose Albertoni were the lead volunteers in this effort. In the mid to late 80’s health concerns required that both couples give up the Manna Ministries work and Florence Food Share worked out of the basement of the building housing the Siuslaw Area Women’s Center. Food Share was umbrelled by the Florence Area Coordinating Council while a group of individuals worked to secure the tax-exempt, 501(c)3 status. In 1988 Florence Food Share found a home at the Laurelwood Center on Maple Street in Florence.
In 1994 Florence Food Share moved to its permanent home at 2190 Spruce Street, on land leased from the New Life Lutheran Church for $1.00 per year. The Food Share building was built with the help of grants and a local building fund drive led by Del Phelps and Dave Dahlberg; local contractor Robert Wilcox led the volunteers and paid workers to the completion of the building still in use today.
Florence Food Share is located at 2190 Spruce Street in Florence, Oregon. The building is handicapped accessible and we are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm and Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm.
Florence Food Share is governed by a Board of Directors that represents a socio-economic cross-section of the community. The Florence Food Share Board of Directors meets regularly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at noon.