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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Food Hero works to address national hunger crisis on a local scale

November 3, 2009

Almost half of all American children, and 90% of African-American children, will rely on food stamps at some point during their childhood, the latest "Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine" reports.

And this isn't a consequence of recent economic circumstances; the study aggregated three decades of data to arrive at these numbers, which indicate a true crisis in our communities.

In light of the fact that the average household receives a monthly benefit of only $222, the efforts of groups working to counter the notion that eating healthfully is prohibitively expensive becomes even more important.

One such group is Food Hero, part of the Oregon State University Nutrition Education Program (NEP). Food Hero offers families and individuals affordable, fun, and easy ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into their diets, both through its website and through public outreach at events around Oregon.

Its website,, includes recipes, tips for buying fruits and vegetables on a budget, and fun ways to engage kids in preparing and enjoying healthy meals.

News Roundup

November 4, 2009

Sasha Ingber covers the Census 2010 Complete Count Committee in this morning's Willamette Week. The Committee, whose work could bring a new congressional seat to Oregon, is co-chaired by Nick and County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury.

In The Bee, Eric Norberg looks at the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge mural unveiled last month.

Last week, Bike Portland's Jonathan Maus interviewed Nick about possibilities for increasing off-road cycling opportunities in Forest Park. His interview was posted yesterday afternoon on

"We have to find a way to share our precious resource"

Nick discusses off-road biking opportunities with Bike Portland's Jonathan Maus

November 4, 2009

Jonathan Maus, Editor-in-Chief of, sat down with Nick last week to talk about off-road biking possibilities in Portland, specifically in Forest Park.

Since late August, Nick has overseen the Forest Park Single Track Advisory Committee. Using the Forest Park Natural Resource Management Plan as a guide, the Committee will develop recommendations to balance the growing demand for off-road cycling options with the park's other user groups.

The Committee, made up of walkers, bikers, hikers, joggers, and representatives of a wide variety of other user groups, hopes to have a plan outlined by late Spring.

Nick and Parks Bureau Director Zari Santner have urged the Committee to look at both long-term and short-term options so that some recommendations can be implemented in time for next summer.

Creating off-road biking opportunities is a priority for Nick, who told Jonathan that though "we're a 'Platinum' city, the one area where we have a weakness is off-road cycling...we're doing really well as a bicycle town but this is an area where we need to do better."

For much more of their conversation, read Jonathan's article on

Thanks to for the photo!

Surprises at the Oregon Mentors Annual Recognition & Awards Luncheon

November 5, 2009


Nick was thrilled to meet two of his favorive basketball players at the Oregon Mentors Annual Recognition & Awards Luncheon this Wednesday, and he was honored to be a part of the celebration honoring outstanding mentors and mentoring programs in Oregon.

12-time All-Star Bill Russell joined the NBA the year Nick was born, and Greg Oden is among the Commissioner's favorite new Blazers.

Nick had a great time at the event, one of the few where he wasn't the tallest in the room.

Trail Blazers Harvest Dinner offers much more than food

November 6, 2009

Nick volunteered at the 14th annual Trails Blazers Harvest Dinner last night at the Rose Quarter. The Blazers' annual Harvest Festival offers haircuts, medical advice, dental work, access to telephones, and holiday dinners to thousands of Portlanders in need.

Organizations like the Blazers are part of what make Portland great - even in a crowded field of corporate giving, their commitment to service in our communities stands out.

Along with serving food, Nick got to meet several important folks from the organization, including President Larry Miller and Rudy Fernandez.