Oregon consistently shows up high on the list of states where people go hungry from time to time. 

And a new food insecurity report shows it remains above the national average.  But there is a glimmer of something positive in the news: some of the numbers show a decline in food insecurity. 

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon work to curb food insecurity, as does the food program at Access, Inc. in Jackson County. 

Siskiyou Food Assistance

The interactive map at the website of Feeding America shows the levels of food insecurity county-by-county across the country. 

And one county in our region stands out: Siskiyou County is the county most likely to contain hungry people, and it is listed as the most food-insecure county in California. 

Siskiyou Food Assistance is one of several organizations working to help feed local residents. 

Empty Bowls To Provide Food

May 6, 2016

Somehow, one of the richest countries on Earth has difficulty feeding all of its people adequately.

So we have SNAP ("food stamps"), food banks, and many program providing food for people who have trouble affording it. 

Ashland is the site of the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to bring in money for local program addressing hunger. 

Pam Marsh from the Ashland Emergency Food Bank and Maren Faye from Uncle Food's Diner visit to explain the impact of the fundraiser. 

  The recent news that the Earth's population could hit 11 billion by the end of the century should give anyone pause.

Maybe we are capable of feeding all those mouths with current agricultural technology, but what if large chunks of farmland are rendered unusable by climate change? These are the questions Joel K. Bourne, Jr. considers in his book "The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World.

Burrito Brigade Serves Eugene Hungry

Jul 21, 2015

People go hungry in America, despite the country's wealth.

And in Eugene, one program to provide food to the hungry keeps the effort compact: in a tortilla, in fact. 

The Burrito Brigade provides burritos--all vegan--to hungry local people and travelers on Sundays. 

Fighting Hunger With Empty Bowls

May 7, 2015

It seems only appropriate to begin a fundraiser against hunger with an empty bowl. 

And that's just how the Empty Bowls Supper organized by Ashland's Peace House starts. 

Attendees do get to put food in the bowl, but they also have to put some money in the kitty to continue several anti-hunger programs in the area. 

No School, No Lunch

Jun 11, 2014

Kids may be happy that school is out for the summer (or will be shortly). 

But there's a downside, too, especially for children of low-income families. 

Free or cheap school lunches disappear in most locations when the schools shut down.  80% of the students who receive free or cheap lunches during the school year don't get to summer food programs.

Farmers Fight Hunger In June

Jun 3, 2014

We are practically inundated with information about helping people in need of food. 

During the holiday season, anyway. 

But this month is the farthest spot on the calendar from the holiday season. 

It is also the month of a major Oregon food drive; there's one in California as well.

Filling An Empty Bowl For Hunger

May 5, 2014

One of the most productive agricultural countries on Earth has a hunger problem. 

That's still a hard one to figure out. 

But until someone comes up with a set of permanent solutions, fundraisers will be held to help feed the people in our communities. 

Putting Food On The Table For Oregon Kids

Apr 22, 2014
The Medford Food Project

Report after report shows Oregon having problems feeding its people, especially its young people. 

"Food insecurity" is the popular term now, but hunger is the term most of us know... and too many young people know firsthand. 

Food Stamp Cuts Past and Future

Mar 10, 2014

The latest federal figures show more than 47 million Americans receiving "food stamps," the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

But that number is already smaller than a year earlier. 

Few people celebrate the reduction, because it has less to do with life circumstances improving than with Congress simply voting to cut the program. 

The Medford Food Project

The green bags caught on. 

A few years back, when John Javna and company started the Ashland Food Project, they kept count of how many pounds of food each drive collected.

A Food Angel And An e-Chiever

Dec 12, 2013

Thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and other food items are staying out of the trash and going straight to people in need, thanks to the help of one Ashland woman.

Pamala Joy, Director of the Ashland Food Angels, collects food from markets and bakeries around the Rogue Valley to help feed low income families.

Wikimedia/Garry Knight

Many of society's efforts to fight hunger focus on children, to ensure they grow up healthy. 

There are specific programs to provide nutrition to children of needy families, but many older adults could also use assistance in keeping hunger at bay. 

Rogue Valley Food Projects On The Grow

Sep 18, 2013
Ashland Food Project

Donations to food banks tend to run higher during the holiday season.