Food Security

Oregon and the US have a similar distribution of types of food stores. The US has slightly more convenience stores and grocery stores.

Change in the number and distribution of food stores in Oregon 2011-2016

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People source food in a variety of ways from growing their own to relying on prepared meals. Ideally, people and families have the access and resources to purchase the types of food that support a healthy diet regardless of their location or income. Understanding the availability of food shopping locations and how the numbers of stores are changing provides some insights into which areas of the state offer more or fewer choices. This article briefly examines changes in four common food shopping locations: grocery stores, supercenters and warehouse club stores, convenience stores, and specialized food stores for Oregon and the U.S.

By Mallory Rahe

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Double Up Food Bucks Launches to Provide More Fresh, Locally Grown Produce to Low-Income Oregonians

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Farmers Market Fund, an independent 501(c)3 companion organization to Portland Farmers Market has launched Double Up Food Bucks. This new statewide program provides cash incentives to low-income...

Rainshine Family Farm, Joyful Noise, Turpen Family Farm, White River Duck Farms, Pitchfork & Crow

Small Farms and a Regional Food Bank Grow Community Food Security

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At this year’s OSU Small Farms Conference, we heard about an innovative partnership between a regional food bank and local farms. Linn-Benton Food Share (LBFS), which serves Linn and Benton counties,...

By Lauren Gwin

Food Insecurity in Oregon and the U.S.: Uneven Recovery in the Midst of Overall Improvement (2014-2016)

Publication

Oregon recently experienced its largest single-year decline in food insecurity in the past 20 years. In last year’s national report, the USDA identified Oregon as the only state which had recently experienced a significant increase in food insecurity. However, the new 2014-2016 analysis shows the Oregon rate descending along with the rate for the whole country. Meanwhile, Oregon’s rate of very low food security (an indicator of deep food insecurity, sometimes called ‘hunger’) also declined from 6.6% to 6.2%.
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Square Foot Gardening Foundation

Online Resource

Dedicated to educating the importance of a plant based diet. Square Foot Gardening focused on having resources locally to help achieve goals while having someone who knows all about your backyard.

Childhood Food Insecurity - Professional & Continuing Education

Online Resource

Childhood Food Insecurity is a free online course developed in partnership with the Childhood Hunger Initiative of Oregon covering various topics associated with child health and wellness. The course covers food access and choices, the relationship between food insecurity and health and development, along with intervention strategies in circumstances of childhood hunger. Healthcare professionals seeking continuing medical education can earn valuable CME credit by taking an optional exam following the five online modules.

By Anne Hoisington

Are You Hungry Tonight? An Educational Simulation of Hunger in Our Communities

OSU Extension Catalog

This CD contains print-ready color files for all simulation materials and a facilitator's guide. Role-play raises participants' awareness and understanding of hunger as a public policy issue. Scenarios demonstrate difficulty of recovering from financial blows, painful choices resulting from limited...

By Sally Bowman

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