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Oregon Lags in Fighting Food Insecurity

Unlike most other states, Oregon has made little progress in recent years in reducing food insecurity, despite a strengthening economy and rising employment.

The most recent data shows that more than 527,000 Oregonians did not know where their next meal was coming from or went hungry.[1] That is more than the combined populations of many of Oregon’s largest cities.

The human cost of food insecurity is profound. Food insecurity fundamentally undermines physical and mental health. It particularly harms children, who additionally suffer greater rates of birth defects, developmental delays, and lower educational outcomes.[2]

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Income inequality remains, in the words of President Barack Obama, “the defining challenge of our time.” A growing body of research indicates that income inequality not only limits the ability of working families to get ahead, it also undermines economic growth.

For the latest data on income inequality in Oregon, read our paper Highest Earning Oregonians Pull Away.

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