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1 in 7 Oregonians struggles with finding and being able to afford enough food to stay healthy. Learn about the issue of hunger in your county.

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Older Populations

Older adults (60+) have the lowest SNAP participation rate in Oregon and across the country. Help more older adults connect to food assistance!

There are many reasons older adults participate at lower rates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Barriers like not knowing what the program is and that it provides food assistance, misinformation about eligibility, difficulties with navigating the application process, or stigma affect older adult access. However Oregon has done a lot to simplify the application process, expand eligibility, and increase older adult access to SNAP.

How to Apply

The general application process and eligibility guidelines for older adults is the same as is found on our Apply for SNAP page

Older adults and people with disabilities can start the application process by simply calling their local Senior Service Office. Interviews can be done over the phone, in an office, home visit, or through an appointed representative.

Older Adult SNAP Details

When applying for SNAP, older adults have different options to consider with their application. Anyone who is at least 60 years old or has a disability can claim out of pocket medical costs on their SNAP application, which may mean they can qualify for more benefits; proof of these costs is required. Learn more about what are considered out-of-pocket medical expenses.

If an older adult lives with family they may be able to apply for SNAP on their own even if they are unable to purchase and prepare meals separately because of mobility difficulties. For those that may have trouble getting to the store, a trusted person is allowed to use their SNAP benefits for them. To make this happen, an alternate payee form can be filled out and turned in with an application or at any time.

For some older adults (65+) in Oregon, that live in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington Counties they can receive their SNAP benefits as a direct deposit, check or on an EBT card which allows for ease of use.

Further Assistance Through the Oregon Department of Human Services

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) is the principal government human services agency of Oregon. ODHS helps Oregonians achieve wellbeing and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity. ODHS helps with food benefits, housing, foster care, development disabilities, senior services and many others.


Outreach and Resources

explains the program and addresses common misconceptions:

  • SNAP is there when you need help buying food. Similar to social security, you have already paid into the program with your tax dollars, so it is there for you if you come across hard times.
  • Many Oregonians use SNAP. There is enough for all who are eligible.
  • SNAP is easy to use.
  • SNAP helps the economy.

including organizations that provide application assistance, grocery delivery or other food and assistance programs:

Hunger-Free Schools

Every Child Deserves a Healthy Start to the School Day


School meals help kids learn, grow, and thrive.

Every student, classroom, teacher, and community is better off when kids start the school day well-nourished and ready to learn.

Kids who eat breakfast at school do better on tests, attend class more often, and are more likely to graduate.

Yet, far too many students miss out on eating a healthy school breakfast or lunch because of the cost.

Let’s make Oregon the first state in the nation to offer healthy, tasty school meals to all children who need them at no charge – helping every student learn, grow, and succeed in life. Tell your legislators you support Hunger-Free Schools in Oregon.

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Universal Access to School Meals in Oregon

The Hunger-Free Schools Campaign is advocating for the Oregon Legislature to pass a bill that will offer all students that need it the opportunity to eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no charge.

Currently, 4 in 10 school districts in Oregon already serve meals at no charge in at least one school. These 331 schools, designated high-poverty, use the Community Eligibility Provision from the federal government to fund meals at no cost to all students.

Let’s take this solution to scale and ensure 100,000 more Oregon kids can access healthy school meals at no charge.

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Join the movement for Hunger-Free Schools in Oregon

School meals help every student learn, grow, and succeed. The Hunger-Free Schools Coalition is advocating to pass a bill that will offer students at risk of hunger the opportunity to eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no charge through Universal School Meals in Oregon.

Working with our partners and allies, we believe we can make Oregon the first state in the nation to serve universal meals at every public school. To succeed, we need your help.

Will you endorse the Hunger-Free Schools policy campaign?

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Finding Food Security

What does it mean to be food insecure?

“…food affects all aspects of our life…we don’t recognize it is taking a toll on these other aspects of our life until we have a discussion.”

Food insecurity continues to persist in Oregon, leaving many struggling to find enough to eat every month. Between 2013 and 2015, Oregon was the only state to see an increase in food insecurity and hunger, even as the national rate declined and Oregon’s economy grew.

We believe that our movement is stronger involving the real experts—people who have experienced hunger—in our research and decisions.

In 2016 and 2017, through 13 focus groups we interviewed 95 SNAP participants throughout Oregon asking the questions:

  • What prevents SNAP participants from becoming food secure?
  • How do SNAP participants obtain food security?

The results identified that multiple interventions at individual, interpersonal, perceived environment, personal environment, built environment and policy levels are most effective at improving food security for SNAP participants.

Finding food security across Oregon

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon recognizes that among those experiencing poverty some people are at far greater risk of hunger. Food insecurity disproportionately impacts communities of color, recent immigrants, families with children and particularly households led by single mothers, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community and people in rural areas of Oregon. In these focus groups, we strive to represent communities disproportionately impacted by hunger.

The results of this work in the Portland-Metro area during 2016 are also documented separately.

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Grant Opportunities

Funding opportunities for food and nutrition programs in Oregon. Check back for updates!

Summer and Afterschool Meals: Start-up and Expansion Grants

Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (ODE CNP)

For several years, the Oregon State Legislature has designated state funds for the expansion of summer and after school child nutrition programs. Non-competitive grants of up to $20,000 are available throughout the 2017-19 biennium for current and new sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program, At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program, and Seamless Summer Option.

Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds have been spent. Grant funds for this biennium must be expended by June 29, 2019. Application materials can be found on the Department of Education website or by contacting ODE CNP Specialist Deanna Poynor at [email protected]

Oregon School Wellness Awards

Oregon Department of Education

Each year ODE selects 3 winners of the School Wellness Award. These schools are exemplary for their outstanding implementation of school district wellness policy. As sponsor of the awards, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council provides $2,500 and a recognition banner for each winner.

The banners, a signed certificate and the cash award are presented at special assemblies held at winning schools. The 2018-19 application opens on October 2nd.

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Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council

Up to $4,000 per school is available for healthy eating and physical activity initiatives. School applications will be available online and are due on November 1, 2018 (school-based applications), Rolling (district applications). District applications accepted year-round.

Contact Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council for information about customized district applications which can be created for two or more schools in a district. Contact Erin Hirte at [email protected] or Crista Hawkins at [email protected] with questions and interest.

Community Grants Program

United Fresh Start Foundation

Grants up to $2,500 are available to organizations and groups who provide children with access to fresh fruits and vegetables afterschool, on the weekends and during summer breaks. For more information, visit the United Fresh Start Foundation website.

New Books and Resources for Summer Meal Sites

Share Our Strength and First Book

Get brand new books into your program, just in time for summer learning! Thanks to support from C&S Wholesale Grocers, you can access $100 of free books from the First Book Marketplace! To choose your free books, all you have to do is sign up. Follow these steps to bring great books to you Summer Meals site.

  1.  Sign up! Anyone serving kids from low-income families through a school, summer meal site, or other community organization is eligible to join.
  2.  Visit the First Book Marketplace and check out the wide variety of resources available.
  3.  Enter the code SoS2017 in your shopping cart to take up to $100 off your book order! This particular funding opportunity applies to books only.

School Grants for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids

School Breakfast Grants: Awards from $500 – $3,000 are available to schools to support increased breakfast participation.

Game On Grants: Up to $1,000 available for schools for physical activity and nutrition initiatives that support schools in becoming nationally recognized as health-promoting.

More information about grant eligibility and application processes can be found on the Action for Healthy Kids website.

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November Breakfast Challenge

Energize. Focus. Achieve.

Kids who eat breakfast at school do better on tests, attend class more often, and are more likely to graduate. Breakfast is a powerful anti-hunger tool, but unfortunately only about a third of children who are eligible for free school breakfasts take advantage of the program.

The November School Breakfast Challenge was created to increase breakfast participation in Oregon, and help schools achieve great results through school nutrition. In November 2018, we are kicked off the fourth annual November School Breakfast Challenge to support schools working to boost their breakfast participation!

Join us in celebrating the 2018 winning schools! We greatly appreciate all the participating schools’ time and dedication; from sending home extra parent materials, to adding new items, to even changing where and when they served breakfast–everyone went the extra mile to reach more kids!

2018 November School Breakfast Challenge Winners:

Schools (under 436 enrolled):

1st Place: Harper school, Harper School District

2nd Place: Winston Middle School, Winston-Dillard School District

3rd Place: Dilley Elementary School, Forest Grove School District

Most Meals Served: Winchester Elementary, Roseburg School District

Schools (over 436 enrolled):

1st Place: Silverton Middle School, Silver Falls School District

2nd Place: Highlands Hills Elementary, Hermiston School District

3rd Place: Astoria High School, Astoria School District

Spirit Award: Findley Elementary, Beaverton School District


In 2018, the 48 schools that participated in the challenge and achieved big results:

  • More than 90,000 breakfast were served in November of 2018
  • 15 percent increase from 2017
  • 63 percent of schools boosted their breakfast numbers

Check out the 2018 NSBC Highlights Report

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Grant Opportunities

Grants for School Nutrition Programs are available for schools participating in the 2018 November School Breakfast Challenge. Funds are specifically targeted for educational and training opportunities to increase school meal participation.  Please contact Fatima to learn more.

The Let’s Do Breakfast, Oregon! campaign is a collaboration of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, and Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

Over 310,000 Children

Over 310,000 Children

are eligible for free school breakfast, but only about 110,000 participate.

are eligible for free school breakfast, but only about 110,000 participate.

Help us connect more kids to school breakfast through the work of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

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Additional Resources

Marketing and Promotional Materials

Breakfast Banner


 Full Breakfast Banner


Breakfast Punchcards


Customizable Family Flyer – EN, ES, RU and VI


Let’s do Breakfast Oregon Logo


Breakfast Postcard – English and Spanish


School Breakfast Poster


Social Media Materials

Social Media Cover Photos and Posts


NSBC Family Newsletter 1


NSBC Family Newsletter 2


NSBC Press Release


NSBC Email Announcement Template


Educational and Activity Materials

USDA CEP Alternative Breakfast Models


Food Hero Taste Survey, English


Food Hero Taste Survey, Spanish


Food Hero Recipe: Pumpkin Breakfast Rounds


Food Hero Recipe: Apple Spice Baked Oatmeal


Food Hero Coloring Sheet: Apples


Food Hero Coloring Sheets: Manzanas


FRAC Alternative Models Fact Sheet


FRAC Breakfast After the Bell Program


NHK Breakfast Changes Rollout Timeline


NHK Breakfast FAQ 


Smarter Lunches Cafeteria Scorecard


For More Information

Contact Fatima Jawaid, Child Hunger Prevention Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 595-5501, ext. 307

SNAP Outreach Strategies

There are many ways to reach Oregonians with information about SNAP. You can help spread the word about this vital food assistance program through SNAP outreach.

SNAP Outreach Basics

SNAP outreach is grounded in positive messaging that shares the basics of the program, provides eligibility information, addresses misconceptions, and helps direct people to easy ways to apply. It answers the questions: what is SNAP, who qualifies, and how to apply.

Effective SNAP outreach strategies reach people where they are already accessing information or resources. This can look like posting outreach materials in public settings, having volunteers in a food pantry share SNAP information, screening for food insecurity in a clinic setting and providing SNAP referral information, or connecting people to SNAP as part of an intake process when someone is accessing other support programs like energy assistance or school meals. Trusted community groups and individuals can help lower stigma and connect people to SNAP through simple actions that have a powerful impact.


Learn more about SNAP

We know that it can feel daunting to share about SNAP especially when it seems like there’s a lot of information to convey. That’s why we provide in-person and online trainings. Our trainings address the basics of the program, navigating the application process, eligibility guidelines, effective outreach strategies, and how to provide application assistance in a simple way that helps you focus on the key information you need to know. Reach out to us if you are interested!


Underserved Populations

Outreach can focus on specific population groups that have lower SNAP participation rates. In particular, older adults, students of higher education, single adults 18 to 50 without children, and families with mixed immigration status participate at lower rates. This can be because of barriers like additional eligibility requirements or misinformation, difficulties with navigating the application process, stigma, or many other reasons.

One way to address barriers is to learn about the specific eligibility requirements that certain groups, like students and single adults 18 to 50, may need to meet. Another is to provide application assistance to people who may need extra help applying for SNAP, such as older adults.

Learn more about addressing SNAP eligibility and access for:

Find Support

We offer technical assistance and guidance with outreach strategies, resources and materials, and SNAP information.

We help individuals navigate their SNAP case if they encounter any issues or if they think a wrong eligibility decision was made.

Learn from others that conduct SNAP outreach throughout Oregon. Join O-SNAP, a statewide outreach listserv, participate in-person meetings or trainings, and get referrals to organizations doing this work in your area.

Connect with our SNAP outreach team

Chloe Eberhardt
Senior Program Manager, SNAP
Email: [email protected]
503-595-5501 Ext. 308

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Summer Meals Support Fund

Need help starting a program in your community?

Since 2009, Partners For a Hunger-Free Oregon has provided small grants to new or expanding summer meal programs in Oregon through the Summer Meals Support Fund.
Now in its tenth year, we have provided small grants and technical assistance to over 150 unique organizations, awarding over $720,000.

Grants are awarded up to $5,000 per program. Grant funds support new and existing programs with equipment purchases, staffing, transportation costs, and activity and outreach supplies.In addition to financial support, we strive to work one-on-one with grant recipients to promote best practices, raise awareness, and provide technical assistance and/or support throughout the state.


“Grant County might be small but we have a lot of mouths to feed. Without these funds we would not be able to help fight hunger in Oregon and make sure no kid goes without summer meals.”  

Kimberly Ward, Office Manager, John Day Canyon City Parks and Recreation District

The 2019 Summer Meals Support Fund

Applications will be open this year from March 15th through April 15th, 2019. To apply, please complete the following materials and submit to Fatima Jawaid, Program Manager, at [email protected]

In Summer 2018, the following communities were awarded grants:

B’nai Brith Camp Associaton

(Lincoln City)

Boys and Girls Club
of Western Treasure Valley


Family YMCA

(Grants Pass)

Food For Lane County


Gervais School District


Homes For Good


Innovative Housing Inc.


John Day Canyon Parks and Recreation

(John Day)

Lake Health District


Lowell School District


Neighbors For Kids

(Depoe Bay)

Portland Parks and Recreation


South Umpqua School District


Have Questions?

Contact Fatima Jawaid at [email protected]

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Good Nutrition Makes a Difference

Learn more about school meals

Good nutrition makes a difference

Learn more about school meals

Summer Meals

Thousands of Oregon children participate in school meals during the school year.

The Summer Food Service Program(SFSP) provides funds for organizations to continue to serve meals to children during the summer when school is not in session. Funding is provided by the USDA.

Community summer meal programs are open to all families and don’t ask for any paperwork- kids can just drop in. Programs with meals are offered at many different types of places, including schools, parks, community centers and faith-based organizations. Many offer fun activities that help kids stay active and keep learning during the summer when school is out.

Want to find a site near you?

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is available in hundreds of communities throughout Oregon, offering free meals and snacks to all kids ages 1-18. Community summer meal programs are open to all families without paperwork or signing up – kids can just drop in. Many programs also offer fun activities so kids can stay active and keep learning. This year there are over 800 sites across Oregon, available to any child – no paperwork or sign up needed!

Use the Summer Meals map search to find a site near you.

Find Summer Meals

Start a Program

The Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (ODE CNP) team can help communities and programs get started with summer meals. Visit their website for information and training, and contact Dustin Melton, Child Nutrition Program Specialist with ODE CNP at [email protected] or 503-947-5901.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon can also help answer questions and connect programs to resources:

Support Summer Meals

Many families have never heard of the Summer Food Service Program, or don’t know it’s open to all children and teens 1-18 years old. Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon help connect interested individuals to Summer Meals.

You can help parents and kids know about this important resource by donating to our work.


Outreach and Program Assistance

Hunger harms us all as a society, but it impacts some of us in Oregon far more than others.

Through our summer meal outreach, we work with the Oregon Department of Education and other partners to identify communities that lack summer food programs, help get programs up and running, and increase awareness of meal sites among the public.

We document and share best practices through a variety of marketing, outreach and technical assistance resources, and an annual Child Hunger Prevention Conference and state and local summer meal workgroups. We also provide small grants to help expand access to programs.


please be sure to include the following information

“Each Summer, free healthy meals are available to all children and teens 1-18 years old. To find the nearest summer meal site, visit, call 2-1-1, or text “food”to 877-877.”


We identify opportunities for Summer Food Service Program improvement through our work with providers here in Oregon and monitoring efforts of other states. We advocate for these improvements through state and federal policy change, like Federal Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

Have Questions?

To learn more about how you can support summer meals, contact Lizzie Martinez at 503-595-5501 x300 or [email protected].

College Students

More college students than ever are struggling with hunger. SNAP is a resource that can help. Students 18-49 who attend higher education at least half-time may be eligible for SNAP by meeting income guidelines and additional criteria.


Those who fall below Oregon’s income guidelines may be eligible for SNAP

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*Students attending class less than half time and those age 50+ do not need to meet additional criteria, only income.

Additional Criteria

Students who meet income guidelines may qualify if they meet one or more of the following criteria

  • Paid employee working an average of 20 hours a week
  • Self employed at least 20 hours each week and have a countable monthly income of at least $1247 after business costs
  • Working in a federally funded work-study program at any number of hours
  • Responsible for the care of a child (age requirements apply)
  • Recieving TANF
  • In a Workforce Investment Act training program
  • Receiving Unemployment Compensation
  • Participating in at least one Employment Department training program
  • Students attending community college and enrolled in a course or program of study that is considered:
    • A Career and Technical Education (CTE) course or program. This can include prerequisites.
    • A Career Pathways course or program. This can include prerequisites.
    • A course considered by the community college college to be remedial, adult basic education, literacy or English as a second language.
    • Students will need to have the community college verification form completed by an informed school representative confirming their enrollment in these courses or programs of study.
  • Unable to work due to physical or physiological difficulties

Other Factors Affecting Eligibility

  • Students cannot be participating in any school meal plan.
  • Students on a break from school must still meet student criteria.
  • Students under the age of 22 who still live with their parents must apply with their parents.
  • Financial aid recieved through the Veterans Administration or private scholarships count as income.

Note: federal financial aid including Pell grants, Perkins loans, Stafford loans and most work-study is not counted as income against student eligibility. Students may defer federal student loan payments while receiving SNAP benefits without incurring interest charges.


How to use SNAP once you are approved

SNAP benefits will be made available to you on a monthly basis. Funds appear on your Oregon Trail EBT card, which looks and works like a debit card. You swipe it as you would a debit card, select “EBT” as the payment method, and enter the pin # that was assigned to you. No one except the cashier will know that it is an EBT card.

Learn how to make the most of your SNAP

Visit SNAP-Ed Connection

Additional Resources

DHS Student SNAP Eligibility


Student Eligibility Flyer


Student Eligibility Flyer – Spanish


SNAP Community College Verification DHS Form


Student Eligibility Bookmark


Have Questions?

Please Contact Caroline Pope, 211 Info, Food Access and SNAP Specialist, 971-266-2903, [email protected]

Outreach Overview

Helping Oregonians put food on the table

Everyone has a right to food. At Partners for a Hunger-­Free Oregon, we are working toward a day when our state is hunger-­free; when every Oregonian ­- from kids to adults to seniors – is healthy and thriving because they have access to affordable, nourishing food.

A cornerstone of our work is to design and implement projects that connect Oregonians at risk of hunger to the federal nutrition programs available, helping people with the ability to purchase food and access prepared meals for children within the school environment and during summer break.

This network of programs makes up the safety-net that prevents hunger reduces poverty for many people in our country. We work with partners across the state to ensure everyone has access to these resources, using outreach to close the gap.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is a federal program that focuses on putting healthy and nutritious food within reach for low income Oregonians. The program has been a tremendous success in reducing childhood hunger and malnutrition. Currently, more than 26 million Americans, including over 600,000 Oregonians, receive SNAP benefits each month.

SNAP benefits, provided on the Oregon Trail card, create a positive ripple effect in society, and are as essential today as they were when the program began. Families, older adults, people with disabilities, and hard-working Oregonians are able to get the support they need to stay in school, keep their jobs, and keep food on the table.

Since our inception in 2006, PHFO has designed and implemented projects that improve program access through effective communication, outreach and application assistance for eligible Oregonians. We provide trainings to community partners who are interested in connecting people to SNAP, and work closely with partners across the state to improve services for all.

School Meals

Through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Department, several nutrition programs are available that provide healthy food to children in school.

Administered by the Oregon Department of Education, these programs make available breakfast, lunch, in-school snacks, and after school meals and snacks for all children.

Some children are eligible for these services at not cost to the parents, and others can access meals through paying a small fee.

These programs help prevent hunger and obesity, and give students the best opportunity to make the most of learning. Approximately 315,000 students across Oregon are eligible for free or reduced price meals, however only about 210,000 access lunch, and 110,000 access breakfast in school.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon designs and implements projects that focus on closing the gap between the number of children that are eligible, and the number of eligible children accessing free or reduced cost meals in school.

Connecting students to these available resources early on ensures that they are able to grow up happy and healthy!

Summer Meals When School is Out

Thousands of Oregon children participate in school nutrition during the school year. Through the USDA, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides funds for organizations to serve meals to children during the summer when school is not in session.

Of the 315,000+ children eligible for free or reduced price meals in school, only about 35,000 access free meals through the summer, leaving a huge gap of kids who are faced with hunger through a time of year that is supposed to be about fun in the sun!

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education, designs programs and interventions to increase the number of sites serving summer meals, increasing the availability of free summer meals to communities that rely on them.

We focus on providing statewide program outreach, technical assistance and grant funding to local communities starting new or expanding existing services.

Help connect communities and families to Summer Meals

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Hunger in Oregon

A problem we cannot ignore

While hunger has been decreasing in Oregon, it remains persistently high. That’s according to a new USDA report on Food Insecurity in the U.S. Nearly one in seven Oregonian households were “food insecure” between 2014-16.

Hunger is expensive for all of us. The 2016 Hunger Report from Bread for the World estimated that hunger and food insecurity contribute $160 billion to America’s health bill. We pay through lowered academic and economic productivity, more hunger-related illnesses, and greater reliance on human services and emergency food programs.

Hunger is a public health concern with long-term consequences. There is evidence that food insecurity contributes to obesity and its subsequent health problems, particularly among women. Child food insecurity can result in poorer school achievement and compromised health throughout a child’s life, and often includes behavioral issues and social difficulties. Undernourished seniors are 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack, 52 percent more likely to develop asthma and 41 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure.

The current status of hunger in Oregon

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Hunger is an equity issue

Hunger harms us all as a society, but it impacts some of us in Oregon far more than others.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon has long been committed to addressing economic inequality in order to accomplish our mission, and we point to poverty as one clear root cause of hunger. One in seven families in Oregon reports not consistently having the money to purchase enough nourishing food.

We know there are other root causes—even deeper and more complexly woven into the root structure of our society—like systemic racism and sexism.

Among those experiencing poverty some people are at far greater risk of hunger. Food insecurity disproportionately impacts communities of color, recent immigrants, families with children and particularly households led by single mothers, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community and people in rural areas of Oregon.

We simply won’t achieve our vision of a hunger free Oregon, where everyone is healthy and thriving, without specifically focusing on preventing hunger for these groups of people.

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Ending hunger requires addressing root causes

In our pursuit of equity and justice, we reaffirm the founding declaration of the Oregon Hunger Task Force that “All Persons Have the Right to be Free from Hunger” and recommit to work on behalf of those disproportionately denied that right.

In developing our 2016-18 Strategic Plan, we heard from dozens of partners, volunteers and people (link to finding food security page) we serve about how to best increase food security over the next two years. The result is a clear set of objectives and a focus on three goals: pursuing equity, building the anti-hunger movement and strengthening the capacity of our organization.

There is a role for everyone!

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