Empty Cupboards, Empty Feelings

November 28, 2007 Download PDF

By Joy Margheim and Mike Leachman

Oregon adults in households without adequate access to food are significantly more likely to be depressed than those with secure food access. OCPP’s analysis of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a statewide telephone survey, shows that:

OCPP recommends that the state’s Interagency Council on Hunger and Homelessness (ICHH) examine ways for Oregon to better link its anti-hunger efforts with its mental health improvement services. Specifically, the ICHH should improve coordination among hunger advocates, mental health advocates, and state agencies; seek mental health expertise to inform its activities; and use the Oregon BRFSS to measure progress.

Read the full report here (PDF).