Hunger Facts


Oregon ranks second in the nation in hunger. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

6 percent of Oregon households between 2006 and 2008 experienced times when they were hungry but did not eat because there was not enough money to buy food—a 69% increase from 2003-2005.

Mississippi had the highest rate of hunger. (U.S Department of Agriculture 2009)

Nationally, 49 million Americans lived in households that were food insecure in 2008—up from 36.2 million in 2007, and the highest rate since the government started surveying in 1995. (USDA 2009)

Twenty seven percent of food box recipients said they have had to cut their kids’ meals during the year— 30 percent of these families report that this happens every month. (Oregon Food Bank 2008 Hunger Factors Assessment)

Twenty thousand people a day are currently signing up for Food Stamps. There are currently 36.5 million people on Food Stamps—a ten million person increase in two years. (USDA 2009)


10,643 persons were unemployed in Linn and Benton counties in October 2009.

Linn County’s unemployment rate was 15.1% and Benton’s was 7.8%. (WorkSourceOregon November 2009)

Oregon’s unemployment rate for October was 11.3%. The rate jumps to an estimated 20% when you include discouraged workers as well as part-time workers that wish to be working full-time. (U.S. Department of Labor)

One third of Oregonians polled say they or a family member have been laid off or lost a job in the last year. (Northwest Area Foundation)

Forty one percent of Oregonians reported that they or a family member had hours cut at work over the past twelve months. (Northwest Area Foundation)

Health Insurance

One in five adults in Oregon are without health insurance. (Census Bureau-American Community Survey)

Nationally, the cost of premiums doubled between 2000 and 2009. The premium for a family plan went from $6,654 to $13,378. At the current rate, annual family insurance premiums will cost $20,000 in five years. (Families USA)

Twenty-six percent of adults in the United States reported that at least one member of their immediate family lost health insurance coverage within the last year. (Zogby Interactive poll)


Oregon ranks 40th in average annual pay, 46th in home ownership, and 42nd in extreme asset poverty— households that have zero net worth. (Corporation for Enterprise Development)

Census Bureau reported a sharp rise in poverty with a decline in median income of 3.6 during 2008—the sharpest decline on record.

Oregon’s poverty rate is 12.9% (Oregon Housing and Community Services 2008)

Benton County’s poverty rate is 19.3%. The County’s poverty rate increased 41.4% between 2000-2007. (Oregon Housing and Community Services 2008)

Linn County’s poverty rate is 14.0%. The County’s poverty rate increased 35.1% between 200-2007. (Oregon Housing and Community Services 2008)

Linn Benton Food Share

Distributed 4,775,578 pounds of food to our 74 member agencies from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.

Emergency food pantries in Linn and Benton counties distributed 42,188 food boxes to 146,557 individuals during this time period.

Soup kitchens and shelters served 261,847 meals in our two county area during FY 2008-09.

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