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OFB Network Stats

Record numbers seek emergency food

  • For the fourth year in a row, the OFB statewide network of regional food banks distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes.
  • Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, food box distribution has increased 41 percent.
  • The OFB Network of regional food banks now distributes about 350,000 more food boxes annually than it did before the recession.
  • 270,000 people per month ate meals from emergency food boxes. 
    A typical emergency food box provides a three- to five-day supply of groceries. Most food pantries serve a specific geographic area and limit the number of times a family can receive help. On average, families access emergency food boxes four times per year.
  • In an average month, 92,000 children eat meals from emergency food boxes.
  • 3.9-million emergency meals were served at soup kitchens and shelters.
  • And more than 105,000 people received food through other programs in the OFB Network.

Who is hungry?

  • Long-term unemployment is forcing more people to seek emergency food. 27 percent of respondents said long-term unemployment was a major reason they sought emergency food. That compares to 22 percent in 2008 at the beginning of the recession.
  • Most adult emergency food recipients are looking for work, working, retired or disabled.
  • 34 percent of those receiving emergency food are children.

Hunger's effects

  • Hunger hurts families, children, seniors and those who are disabled.
  • Hunger negatively impacts learning, health, productivity and potential for both children and adults.
  • Children who are hungry have more difficulty learning in school
  • Childhood hunger and malnutrition can lead to irreversible health problems later in life.

Our actions

  • Oregon Food Bank provided 44.2-million pounds of nutritious food and more than $2 million in grants and equipment to the OFB Network.
  • OFB works to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and through working with communities to strengthen local food systems.