Factors of Hunger

Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes… because no one should be hungry. At Oregon Food Bank we care deeply about people facing hunger and hold them in the center of all we do.

There are economic, social, health and related factors that affect people seeking food assistance. In our root cause work, we identify those factors in order to tackle them head-on. Because it’s more than just providing food for today. It’s about providing food for tomorrow and food for all.


Strong social networks help families and individuals stay afloat. The 2015 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for a household of four is $24,250.

  • 72% of clients live in poverty


Fewer people are unemployed, but that does not mean fewer hungry people. Continued high costs of living and stagnant wages are reasons for family food insecurity.

  • 36% of households have someone who is disabled and unable to work, or is retired (Up from 30% in 2012)


Food pantry recipients suffer from diet-related diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, at a higher rate than the general public.

  • 48% of households have one or more member with high blood pressure


While more individuals and children are covered by the Oregon Health Plan or Basic Health Washington, medical costs remain high.

  • 39% say highest source of family debt is medical bills


Demand for food assistance remains at historically high levels. Households receiving SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) is steady, yet it’s not enough to feed our neighbors.

  • 90% of clients on SNAP say it doesn’t last the whole month

All stats are from our 2015 Hunger Factors Report, a survey of clients representing 5,845 households.

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