Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Oregon Food Bank won a national award Friday for its FEAST program. The award for innovation was presented at Feeding America's annual forum in Nashville, and chosen from hundreds of food banks across the country.

The Oregon Food Bank's new CEO Susannah Morgan says Oregon's innovation is what drew her to the state in the first place.

"The fact that there is such a food culture means that food is more central to our opinions and our thinking in this state than in many other states. And to me it felt like oh great this state is really primed, maybe we can be the first state to end hunger."

The FEAST program's name stands for food, education, agriculture, solutions, together. It works to empower communities to build more equitable and sustainable food systems.

It also creates partnerships between farmers and the community.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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