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

Community Connections

  • 211info

    211info provides a gateway to more than 7,000 social services programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
  • Care to Share

    Care to Share
    Care To Share coordinates assistance to families and individuals seeking emergency food and other basic needs.

  • Catalyst Partnerships

    Catalyst Partnerships
    Catalyst Partnerships inspires people, builds hope, and nurtures community by bringing together useful resources and caring volunteers to meet the home needs of under-resourced people in our communities.
  • HOTEL Ministry

    HOTEL Ministry
    HOTEL Ministry exists to share Christ’s love with residents in Portland’s low-income hotels downtown, including providing meals and groceries.
  • Love INC

    Love INC
    Love In the Name of Christ is a proven outreach model that helps Christian churches come together to help people in need.

  • Neighborhood House

    Neighborhood House
    Neighborhood House helps families facing hunger and homelessness, vulnerable seniors, and children who need help in school.

  • Northwest Children's Outreach

    Northwest Children's Outreach
    Northwest Children's Outreach is an all-volunteer, Christian-founded and -led group, desiring to love those in need with the love of Christ: by providing for their most basic needs.
  • Oregon Food Bank

    Oregon Food Bank
    Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root causes ... because no one should be hungry.

  • Summer Food Service Program

    Summer Food Service Program
    The Summer Food Service Program fills the nutritional gap for the tens of thousands of Oregon schoolchildren that depend on free or reduced lunches, by providing meals during the summer.