Child Hunger Prevention

Contact: Marcella Miller

Child Hunger Prevention Manager

Email, (503) 595-5501, ext. 307

What We Do

Many federally-funded child nutrition programs go underutilized because parents, teachers, and other community members are unaware of their existence, or face barriers to accessing them. Some programs struggle to maintain adequate staffing and operating funds. We work with community partners including the Oregon Department of Education, to publicize and expand participation in these nutrition programs. We currently focus on three underutilized programs:

The After-School Meal and Snack Program

The Summer Food Service Program

The School Breakfast Program

Good Nutrition Makes a Difference

Good nutrition can have a huge and lasting impact on the emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing of children. Several studies have shown how the adverse effects of hunger on children, including stunted growth and delayed brain and motor-skills development, can be permanent and largely irreversible. Moreover, there is extensive research that shows the link between adequate nutrition and school success. Connecting kids to these available resources early on ensures that they are able to grow up happy and healthy! 

Oregon's Healthy Food Report Card, 2015 [2.29 MB, PDF], released by Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Upstream Public Health and the American Heart Association, highlights Oregon’s achievements and where we can do better.