Hunger in Oregon

Hunger hurts children, families, seniors, veterans and the disabled. While the economy has improved for some people, we still have 1 in 5 neighbors facing food insecurity.

Long-term unemployment, persistent underemployment and the high cost of food, gas, utilities and rent continue to plague people in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

Hunger starves the human spirit. Communities thrive when people are nourished.

Stories of Hunger
Factors of Hunger
Reports & Stats

Feeding Oregon

Oregon Food Bank and our Statewide Network of 21 regional food banks and approximately 1,400 food assistance sites help our neighbors facing food insecurity throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

Food assistance is provided to anyone who needs it. Our Network ensures access without discrimination against any person because of race, color, citizenship, religion, reprisal, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran.

In an average month, an estimated 260,000 people are receiving food from a food pantry in the Network.

  • The rate of food insecurity (being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food) in Oregon is 14.6%.
  • About 552,900 Oregonians are food insecure, of those 194,070 are children.
  • About 72% of the people who receive food have incomes below the federal poverty level.
  • Of households utilizing food pantries, about 80% of them are able to meet their food needs for the month with the help of a pantry.

Hunger starves the human spirit.