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Can you eat local?

Oregon Food Bank issues the food challenge in August


Stop by any farmers' this time of year and you're likely to find a hive of activity. Stalls overflow with locally grown and produced food, while shoppers smell, taste and talk about what’s in season.

In August, Oregon Food Bank is challenging everyone to look for and purchase more local foods.

The Local Food Challenge is designed to get people thinking about their food sources and connect with their community. Local means items grown, raised or caught within 200 miles of home. Anyone can participate by pledging to spend at least 10 percent of their food budget on locally grown foods for 31 days.

"Our goal is to get people to think about where their food comes from, strengthen local farms and explore new tastes and recipes," says Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan.

"This is about giving every community food system a boost. We believe a strong community food system will help decrease the number of people who are hungry,” Morgan added.

Registering for the Local Food Challenge is simple. Go to Oregonfoodbank.org/localfoodchallenge and create a profile. Then, estimate the amount spent on groceries each month. Choose the percentage of your food budget you want to dedicate to locally grown food. Log on after every shopping trip to record the amount you spent locally. Local Food Challenge will do the math to let you know if you're on track to meet your goal.

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