Oregon Food Bank, Inc.

To eliminate hunger and its root causes because no one should be hungry.
Mar 16, 2016

Unemployment down, but the need remains

Child picking out food at a Portland pantry
Child picking out food at a Portland pantry

Oregon Food Bank recently wrapped up our 2015 Hunger Factors Assessment, a survey of more than 5,000 people who visit food pantries. The survey helps paint a broader picture of why people seek food assistance. 

This year's survey results paint a mixed picture. The number of households who report cutting kids' meals has dropped from 37% in 2012 to 31% this year. Households where someone is unemployed and looking for work dropped to 16% compared to 23% in 2012. However, the number of households receiving SNAP benefits is steady at 58% compared to 62% three years ago. Households also continue to struggle to break the cycle of poverty; 72% report incomes below the federal poverty level. 

A bright spot in the report shows that food pantries make a significant difference in the lives of the people they serve. About 80% of respondents indicated that they can meet their food needs for the month with a visit to a pantry, while 52% of those who had previously visited a pantry said they were able to prepare healthier meals. Your support helped facilitate this report. To read more visit oregonfoodbank.org/factors

Jun 9, 2015

Feeding Tomorrow's Leaders Today

"I may be poor, but I will not go hungry!"
"I may be poor, but I will not go hungry!"

A line of people stretched through the Park Blocks in the middle of the Portland State University campus. Passers-by might have thought they were signing up for classes or waiting to buy concert tickets. But the people in this line were waiting for free fruits and vegetables provided by Harvest Share, an Oregon Food Bank program.

Portland college students needing emergency food? It shouldn't have to be that way.

Believe it or not, hunger is a constant for many students who are facing the cost of rising tuition and housing. But thanks to your support, Oregon Food Bank was able to connect with PSU’s Committee for Improving Student Food Security, and now we're improving these students’ access to nutritious food. 

Your contributions to Oregon Food Bank are what make programs like this possible. Every dollar you donate to Oregon Food Bank stays in Oregon and Clark County, WA, and goes to help people like these students who are facing hunger.

Wonderful things happen when we all pitch in as a community. Thank you so much for your donations, and for helping to nourish the bodies and minds of tomorrow's leaders!

Jun 9, 2015

Feeding Tomorrow's Leaders Today

"I may be poor, but I will not go hungry!"
"I may be poor, but I will not go hungry!"

A line of people stretched through the Park Blocks in the middle of the Portland State University campus. Passers-by might have thought they were signing up for classes or waiting to buy concert tickets. But the people in this line were waiting for free fruits and vegetables provided by Harvest Share, an Oregon Food Bank program.

Portland college students going hungry? It shouldn't have to be that way.

Believe it or not, hunger is a constant for many students who are facing the cost of rising tuition and housing. But thanks to your support, Oregon Food Bank was able to connect with PSU’s Committee for Improving Student Food Security, and now we're improving these students’ access to nutritious food. 

Your contributions to Oregon Food Bank are what make programs like this possible. Every dollar you donate to Oregon Food Bank stays in Oregon and Clark County, WA, and goes to help people like these students who are facing hunger.

Wonderful things happen when we all pitch in as a community. Thank you so much for your donations, and for helping to nourish the bodies and minds of tomorrow's leaders!

 
   

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