Food Access Programs

These programs provide inexpensive or free food to serve the needs of the Springfield-area community. 

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New Food Access Programs

Springfield now has two new community food access programs! These programs were developed in collaboration with Escudo Latino, El Centro Cares, Springfield Alliance for Equity and Respect (SAfER), Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), and Burrito Brigade specifically to address food insecurity and meet the needs of our community. Grant funds provided by the National Parks and Recreation Association made this program and community partnership possible. We are working with partners and community members to provide foods that address both hunger and cultural traditions in our community.

Food Pantry

The Waste to Taste Food Hub is a food pantry near downtown Springfield at Willamalane Adult Activity Center. By working in collaboration with Burrito Brigade and local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, farms, and home growers, the program rescues food that would otherwise go in a landfill, turning wasted food into a free grocery store for the community.

No income verification or personal identification is required to take part in this program. 

Please consider supporting this program! Help your neighbors by donating food to fill the Food Hub and Little Free Pantries. See our pantry stock guide for food donation suggestions. Donations are accepted at Willamalane Adult Activity Center on Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. We appreciate your generosity!

Little Free Pantries

Willamalane and our partners will also be using items from the Food Pantry to restock 10 new Little Free Pantries throughout Springfield. Little Free Pantries help our community members get food easily and conveniently. Simply open the cabinet door to access healthy food in your neighborhood. Take what you need, and donate what you can. Willamalane and partners will also regularly restock the pantry with food from the Willamalane Food Hub.

Become a host
Hosting a little free pantry is a rewarding and community-building experience. We are seeking hosts for pantry locations in Springfield neighborhoods. If you are interested in hosting a pantry, please fill out an interest form at

Please consider the following when deciding if hosting a little free pantry is right for you:
  • Do you own your home or have written consent from the property owner to host a little free pantry? We require all little free pantries to be placed on private property.
  • Are you willing and able to clean and maintain your little free pantry daily?  Little free pantries require daily attention and up to 10 hours/week of attention.
  • Is there someone who will look after your pantry when you are away? You must arrange for care of your little free pantry if you are unavailable to care for your pantry for more than 36 hours.
  • Can you interact with kindness and compassion with folks who may be having a hard time and therefore not be at their best?
  • Do you have a location for your little free pantry that is both safe and accessible for patrons? Our staff is happy to meet with you at your property to discuss options for placement. The location should be close enough so you can supervise it, but also far enough away from your living space to maintain your privacy. Individuals will frequent your pantry at all hours of the day and night. People may also need a place to park when accessing the pantry. If you have a dog who barks at people coming near your house, a pantry may not work for you.
  • As a little free pantry host, you are a community representative of the greater Little Free Pantry Project. Do you feel comfortable with answering questions or giving direction to interested parties about little free panty involvement?

More Food Programs at Willamalane

Food Transportation
Willamalane is also using existing transportation programs to further expand the Little Food Pantry Network by delivering and stocking pantries and providing food boxes to individuals who do not have access to transportation due to illness, injury, or disability. If you would like a food box delivered please fill out this form or Solicite una caja de comida entregada (en español).

Senior Meals
Ages 60+. Willamalane and Senior & Disability Services offer a “to-go” box pick up. Participants can arrive at the parking lot to pick up lunch. See the menu here.
  • Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Free with a suggested donation of $3
  • To sign up, call Senior Meals at 541-736-4408 or Meals on Wheels at 541-736-4424

FIDO Pet Food Bank Distribution
This dog and cat food bank is available for individuals who qualify for services such as Social Security, Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan), and SNAP (Oregon Trail Card). 
  • Pick up food on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • $3/dog or $2/cat
  • To sign up, contact Penny at FIDO:

More Food Resources

FOOD for Lane County: Offers hot meals at several sites. Identification is not required. Find a site.
Burrito Brigade: Maintains Little Free Pantries throughout Springfield and Eugene. Find a pantry.
CARES Center: Food pantry site open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located at 4181 E Street in Springfield.
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