While hunger has been decreasing in Oregon, it remains persistently high. This is according to the USDA report on Food Insecurity in the U.S.
Nearly one in seven Oregonian households were food insecure between 2014-16.
It is estimated that this number today is one in five households have experienced food insecurity in 2020.
– Oregon State University OPA Lab
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, and 52 percent more likely to develop asthma.
– Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
Food intake is reduced and normal eating patterns are disrupted.
–Oregon Hunger Task Force
Lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.
Click an image to learn more.
Hunger knows no bounds, but it impacts some Oregonians far more than others.
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.