Representatives of over 20 different community groups formalized on Tuesday the creation of the Food Security Coalition, pledging to work together to reduce hunger in the Gorge.  For the last six months the agencies have worked to identify gaps in the food system and set priorities to reduce food insecurity in the Gorge through an Oregon Solutions process.  Ken Bailey of Orchard View Farms, a co-convener of the Oregon Solutions project, says the coalition will allow collective resources to be used.  The Coalition has already been awarded grant monies to fund a program manager that will work out of the Gorge Grown Food Network, which will be a "backbone organization" for the coalition.  The group has also developed a collaboration between tribal members, the Department of Human Services, and the Oregon Food Bank to begin bi-monthly deliveries of produce to Celilo Village.


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