Record numbers seek emergency food
- For the second 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.
4-million emergency meals were served at soup kitchens and shelters.
- And more than 93,000 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 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.
- Oregon Food Bank provided 43.5-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.