The festival is owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank, a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, as its largest fundraiser.
100 percent of gate donations and proceeds from ticket and pass sales directly benefit Oregon Food Bank's work to eliminate hunger and its root causes.
Who we are and what we do
Our mission: To eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.
Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and southwest Washington by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks.
The OFB Network helps nearly one in five households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems.
Hunger in Oregon is at record levels
Did you know ...
- For the second year in a row, the Oregon Food Bank Network distributed more than 1 million food boxes to families in need.
- Growing levels of long-term unemployment are forcing more and more people to fall into poverty and to seek emergency food.
- 33% of those receiving emergency food are children.
- Children who are hungry get sick more often and have more trouble learning in school.
Thank you blues fans!
Last year's festival raised was a rousing success, raising $902,000 to help fight hunger through donations at the gate as well as advance purchases of special tickets and passes. In addition, the festival raised an estimated 116,584 pounds of food. Revenue from the Waterfront Blues Fest has grown steadily over the past 24 years. In the past five years alone, more than $2.8 million in cumulative net festival revenue has directly supported OFB's mission.
Your donations at the gate and purchase of tickets and passes make a difference!