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