Food Security

OSU Family and Community Health programs address two important aspects of food security in Oregon:

  • Improving community food security
  • Strengthening food resources

Improving Community Food Security

Community food security means that all people at all times have access to safe, nutritious, affordable adequate, and culturally appropriate food from non-emergency food sources. It also means that food is produced, processed, and distributed in ways that honor and protect the environment and the workers who produce it.

OSU Extension Family and Community Health Program supports community food security through education, outreach, and policy activities conducted at the household, local, regional, and statewide level. Activities include:

  • Food Hero – Plan meals and prepare tasty, low-cost foods that are quick and easy.
  • Childhood Hunger Coalition – Free online course focusing on childhood hunger, including health impacts, screening, and intervention.
  • Eat Well for Less (Learning Module) – How to keep food safe and stretch food dollars.
  • Poverty Simulation Workshops – Initiated with funds from the B.E. Knudson Endowment, OSU Family Policy Program, these workshops are funded by the Public Issues Initiative of the OSU Extension Service. They are designed to increase understanding of poverty issues.

    For additional information, contact your local county Extension office or the Extension Family and Community Health Program office at (541) 737-0997.

Strengthening Food Resources

OSU Extension Nutrition Education Programs (NEP) reach SNAP-eligible (formerly food stamp) youth and adults to provide educational programming that will increase, within a limited budget, the likelihood that all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and those eligible for SNAP are making healthy food choices, including:

  • Eating healthy and choosing active lifestyles consistent with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Increasing household food security
  • Reducing foodborne illness

In addition to SNAP and other federal food assistance programs, many NEP participants have utilized emergency foods at least once within the last year. Some rely on emergency and supplemental food programs each month. The partnership between OSU Extension and the Oregon Food Bank has resulted in strengthened connections between county-based Extension programs and Regional Food Banks across Oregon.

Additional Resources

To learn more about hunger in Oregon, health consequences of hunger, or what you can do to improve food security, please visit the following websites:

Content Contact: Anne Hoisington