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Profiles of Hunger & Poverty in Oregon

Profiles of Hunger & Poverty in Oregon

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Published by Statesman Journal
Annual statistics 2011-2012
Annual statistics 2011-2012

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WHAT WOULD HELP?
 
Respondents were asked: “What would help improve your present situaon and make emergency foodassistance less necessary for your family?”As in past HFA surveys, respondents focused on
employment, living wages, aordable housing,educaon and health care
. These obvious and basic components of a successful, producve lifeconnue to remain out of reach for many Oregonians.
 
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More people are using food stamps … yet requests for emergency food remain high
 
Food Stamps/SNAP
 
Emergency Food Boxes
 
WHAT TO DO
 
Oregon Food Bank is commied to helping Oregonians get back to work when the economy recovers. Food, housingand job readiness are essenal to geng and keeping a job. Here are some examples of policy acons that wouldmove Oregon toward eliminang hunger and its root causes:
 
Feeding Hungry Oregonians
 
Oregon Hunger Response Fund (formerly GFFP), Farm Direct, Farm
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to
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School
 
Housing Oregonians
 
State Homelessness Assistance Program, Emergency Housing Account
 
Encouraging Job Success
 
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Employment
-
Related Day Care, Earned Income Tax Credit
 
For more informaon, see
www.oregonfoodbank.org/Advocate/Take
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acon
 
61%
of respondents are currently receiving SNAP benets;of those not receiving SNAP benets, the most commonreason was not knowing if they qualied (22%)
 
When asked if they were able to meet their foodneeds for the month when adding the emergencyfood box to the rest of their food supply,
72%
of survey respondents said yes.
 
2012 Proles of Hunger and Poverty in Oregon& Annual Stascs: Execuve Summary
 
This year’s Hunger Factors Assessment Survey reects the connuing fallout of massive joblosses caused by the Great Recession. The percentage of respondents reporng long
-
termunemployment as a reason for seeking help stood at 27% — higher than the 22% reported in2008 at the very beginning of the recession. Even as the economy slowly improves, Oregon andClark County, Washington families are facing familiar problems that have only goen worse;recovery will take a long me.
Last year, partner agencies provided arecord
1,117,000 emergency food boxes
 –an increase of 9%.
 
There were 435 pantries in the Network in2011
-
2012. The number of food boxesdistributed range from 500 per year toover 25,000 at several large urbanpantries. The food bank network added 45more pantries in the last four years while
the number of food boxes distributedincreased by 41%, or 330,000 boxes
.
 
FoodIndustryDonations54%USDA11%Food Drives14%PurchasedProduct 21%
The average number of pantry visits per household rose slightly to about
four mes per year
.
 
Oregon Food Bank and the Network togetherreceived
81.7 million
pounds of food fordistribuon:
 
OFB and 4 Branches:
43.5 million
 
16 Regional Food Banks:
17.6 million
 
945 Partner Agencies:
20.6 million
 
ANNUAL STATISTICS 2011
-
2012
 
NETWORK SOURCES OF FOOD
 
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EMERGENCY FOOD BOX DISTRIBUTION
 

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