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  • Washington Post: Census estimates show 49.1 million Americans live in poverty, more than previously known

    November 7, 2011

    New census estimates show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than previously known — reaching a new level of 49.1 million, or 16 percent.

  • The Oregonian: A million emergency food boxes distributed in a year for the first time ever in Oregon, southwest Washington

    September 30, 2011
    Battered sedans pull up at a downtown food pantry in this central Oregon town, bringing mothers, fathers and children.

    The families stream inside. Soon they emerge carrying cardboard boxes full of cereal, canned beans, fresh fruit and day-old bread. Each month, volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County food pantry send an average of 373 boxes out the door.

  • The Oregonian: A growling stomach tends to distract from learning

    September 3, 2011

    Shirley McClung is 80 now, and her three children have made her stop driving -- she gave her truck to her grandson -- so when she goes out raising money for the program, someone has to take her. But for the last three years, as she's gone from store to store for her Gracepointe Church's Backpack Buddies program in Milwaukie, that hasn't stopped her.

    She's asked lots of people and businesses to help the program, which provides food for the backpacks of schoolchildren who might otherwise have a bare-bones weekend. Although she really wasn't supposed to, she's even gone into bars, where she reports being met with not just checks but hugs. McClung has been, says Gracepointe's coordinator for the program Bonnie Marston, "very successful" at her fundraising efforts.

  • The World: It's all over but the eating

    August 23, 2011
    South Coast Food Share is richer by a lot of tuna after Saturday's visit from the fifth annual Oregon Tuna Classic.

    Fourteen teams, including several local ones, turned in 1,314 pounds of tuna to be donated to South Coast Food Share.
  • The Oregonian: Oregon third-worst for percentage of children with unemployed parents

    August 18, 2011

    Thirteen percent of Oregon children have at least one unemployed parent, ranking the state third worst nationally in a dynamic that can have lifelong effects on kids.

    A study on children released Wednesday by The Annie E. Casey Foundation included the unemployment statistic. Oregon and four other states tied, ranking only slightly better than Rhode Island at 14 percent and Nevada at 16 percent in 2010.

  • The Oregonian: In Congress' debt debate, hard to hear hunger

    August 7, 2011

    In the past weeks, we've been swamped by government numbers, many so big it's hard to take them in. But away from the D.C. caucuses, press conferences and sound bites, this economy is serving up some even more indigestible statistics:

    In the year that ended June 30, the Oregon Food Bank for the first time had to provide more than 1 million emergency food boxes.

  • The Oregonian: A hunger for facing Oregon's most basic issue

    April 16, 2011
    Off to the side of the House of Representatives chamber, as his colleagues debated whether the state school budget was too small or fatally too small, Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, argued for the state spending some more money in another area.

    “I am going to fight to restore full funding for the Oregon Food Bank, and I’m going to argue with my colleagues,” said the freshman.  

  • South Lincoln County News: A community FEAST

    April 6, 2011

    Organizing event focuses on Lincoln County Food System

    Finding ways to put nutritious food on everyone's table by fully utilizing the local food system was the underlying premise of a Saturday workshop at Oregon Coast Community College in South Beach.

  • KGW: Oregon Food Bank feeds kids during spring break

    March 24, 2011
    Oregon Food Bank worked with local schools to make sure kids on Spring Break didn't have to take a break from good food.

  • Associated Press: School nutrition bill could be revived in Congress

    November 10, 2010

    First lady Michelle Obama's campaign for healthier school lunches could be revived in Congress after two key Democrats said they will drop opposition to using funding from food stamps to pay for it.

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