About Us


Food Share started out in 1980 as “Manna Ministries”, a grass-roots effort to help provide emergency food to Florence area residents. Manna Ministries was put together by a group of churches in Florence and operated out of peoples’ 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 80s, health concerns required that both couples give up the Manna Ministries work.

Florence Food Share then moved, and began working out of the Siuslaw Area Women’s Center building. Food Share operated under the umbrella of 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. 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 a private, non-profit, emergency food box pantry. Our mission is to alleviate hunger in Western Lane County, Oregon. We provide emergency food, free of charge, to low income, disabled, senior, unemployed and underemployed individuals and households in the areas of Florence and the Dunes City/Westlake areas of coastal Oregon.

Our Board of Directors

Jim Mitchel
Laura Wilson
Dianna Barry
Paul Strike
Gail Zilai
Ilene Colby
Amy Graham
Victoria Wisman

Our Staff

Colin Morgan, Executive Director
Stephen Beale, Operations Manager
Genny DeBary, Client Relations Specialist
Beth Kilmurray, Volunteer Coordinator
Jeff Kernan, Delivery Driver
Bill Bauer, Warehouse Assistant

​Colin Morgan
Executive Director

A Message from our Executive Director

Despite the unprecedented challenges over the last year and a half, the opportunities to learn and grow have provided some fantastic forward momentum in developing Florence Food Share. We are happy to bring Florence Food Share a multitude of improvements and updates over the current fiscal year. This website is one of many that our wider community has gifted us with the opportunity to provide. My profound thanks for sticking with us throughout the compounded uncertainty of the last year and a half. It is my great honor and privilege to serve with such a wonderful collection of individuals.
We could not do this without you.

This year’s impact

Over 611,000 Pounds Distributed
Over 2500 individuals served
Over 10,000 Volunteer Hours
Over 500 children kept from going hungry

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