Hunger & Poverty
In an average month, an estimated 240,000 people in Oregon and Clark County, Wash. ate meals from an emergency food box last year, up 20% from an average of 200,000 per month just the prior year.
The need for emergency food is unprecedented. Long-term unemployment, persistent underemployment and the high cost of food, gas, utilities and rent are forcing more and more people to seek emergency food.
270,000 people per month eat meals from emergency food boxes in Oregon. Of those, 92,000 are children. Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, emergency food box distribution has increased 41 percent.*
The faith community is responsible for an estimated 90% of emergency food pantries and 60% of all food distribution agencies in the Portland metro area*
*Cited from The Oregon Food Bank