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State Health Survey Confirms Oregon’s Hunger Problem

Issue Brief
December 11, 2003 Download PDF

A state health survey, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey (BRFSS or “state health survey”) shows that in 2002 about one in seven Oregon adults lived in a home where getting enough to eat was not always assured. Typically, these adults and their families were sometimes on the verge of running out of money for food. In addition, help from other resources – family, friends, food banks, and government assistance – was not enough to assure these adults that their families would avoid hunger. In the parlance of nutrition researchers, these adults lived in “food insecure” homes.

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