We work with partners across the state to prevent hunger in Oregon.

Strategic Plan

We have a strong track record of influencing public policies to lift people out of poverty. Every year, we help connect thousands of children to healthy meals year-round and provide information to tens of thousands of Oregonians about SNAP. We train and equip local partners to find solutions to hunger in their own communities. We convene the formidable experts of the Oregon Hunger Task Force for collective action.

In developing our new strategic plan, we heard from dozens of partners, volunteers and people 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.

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 the next two years, this means digging into the root causes of hunger, like racism, and shifting the way we advocate to include the leadership of those most impacted.

We appreciate the many supporters who help us achieve our mission and look forward to partnering with you!

Strategic Plan

Annual Report

This annual report is a bit different than previous years–because it happened during a global pandemic! The novel coronavirus upended our work at Hunger-Free Oregon. It also sharpened our focus on the most critical priorities–ensuring Oregonians, especially those who are historically excluded or marginalized, can and do access food assistance programs.

From the first moments of the pandemic, our team has worked to ensure families have information about school meals during closures, everyone can access SNAP safely without unnecessary barriers, and more financial support for everyone who needs a little extra help to put food on the table. Read on to hear about the work we’ve done in the past year from passing the Hunger-Free Campuses bill to securing Pandemic EBT benefits for families.

430,000

430,000

students provided with P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year totalling $591 million in food assistance

$234,000

raised and awarded in small grants to schools, districts, and nonprofits to buy needed equipment and ensure students could access meals during emergency closures

31

waivers won to make SNAP, WIC, and school meals as widely available as possible during this crisis, including increasing SNAP benefits

31

20

20

grassroots nonprofits statewide supported with grants to ensure people can access SNAP, targeted to BIPOC-led and culturally-specific organizations

grassroots nonprofits statewide supported with grants to ensure people can access SNAP, targeted to BIPOC-led and culturally-specific organizations

Legislative success

We celebrated the passing of bills in Salem that:

We celebrated the passing of bills in Salem that:

  • Establish benefits navigators at every Oregon community college and public university to connect students to resources to meet essential needs like housing and food assistance (HB2836),
  • Increase funding and diversify membership of the Oregon Hunger Task Force (HB2833 and HB2834),
  • And ensure schools are fully implementing the Hunger-Free Schools provisions to expand access to meals at no charge (HB2536).

What's next

In 2022, we are looking forward to:
  • Building the Client Bill of Rights campaign, preparing for Legislative Session in 2023
  • Publicly launching the Food for All Oregonians initiative starting with listening sessions to identify solutions and increase access to food for immigrant communities
  • Deciding on a permanent leadership structure for the organization
  • Launching our new signature storytelling event in Spring 2022
  • Recruiting new board members

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