The Childhood Hunger Coalition, a program of Oregon Food Bank, works to eliminate public health problems arising from childhood hunger. Our interdisciplinary collaborative works proactively to educate, conduct research and advocate to link food security and health outcomes.
Take action and learn more about the health consequences of childhood hunger.
- Get the screening and intervention tools (available in seven languages) and implementation assistance. Contact Lynn Knox, Screen & Intervene Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-548-7508.
- Take the course, Childhood Food Insecurity: Health Impacts, Screening and Intervention.
- Sign up for the educational digest, which highlights new research and resources about hunger and nutrition. To sign up, send an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject heading "sign up for digest."
- Order a free toolkit for use in your health-care setting. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "order toolkit."
- Contact us to learn about more ways to get involved.
The Childhood Hunger Coalition emerged from a workshop entitled, “The Medical and Social Impacts of Childhood Hunger,” held at Oregon Food Bank in 2004. The workshop educated participants about the link between childhood hunger and health outcomes and explored barriers and opportunities to engaging health professionals as interveners to identify and address child hunger. Workshop organizers developed the Childhood Hunger Coalition as a means of carrying forward the workshop’s goals.
In 2010, after five years of collaboration resulting in continuing education curricula for health providers, statewide surveys and research, participants acknowledged ongoing commitment and progress by renaming the group the Childhood Hunger Coalition.
The Childhood Hunger Coalition recently became a program of Oregon Food Bank, formalizing multiple years of collaboration between the two entities and ensuring a strong partnership moving forward. This new relationship means that Oregon Food Bank will provide an administrative home and structure to better support future funding opportunities and organizational growth for the coalition, but the coalition will continue to be directed by the steering committee of representatives from OSU Extension Service, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Hunger Task Force, Oregon WIC, Kaiser Permanente and Oregon Food Bank.
The Childhood Hunger Coalition’s dedication to ongoing education, outreach and advocacy around the link between food security and health outcomes is consistent with Oregon Food Bank’s mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Increased collaboration between the Childhood Hunger Coalition and Oregon Food Bank will allow both entities to build on previous efforts to address the root causes and public health impacts of childhood hunger.
The coalition is now focused on working with a health clinic to test the feasibility of screening for childhood hunger.
- Oregon Department of Human Services
- Oregon Food Bank
- Oregon State University Extension Service
- Oregon Health & Science University
- Oregon Hunger Task Force
- Oregon WIC
- Providence Health & Services
- Kaiser Permanente Northwest