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Oregon's Policies Increase Access To Food, But Can't Solve Hunger Problem

Nearly 15 years ago, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. The state changed a number of policies to try to help. But the percentage of people facing hunger today is nearly as high as it was in 2000.

Hunger's Challenges Multiply In Remote Parts Of Oregon

In 2000, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. People who live in cities usually have a grocery store or a food pantry option within a few miles. But in rural communities, access to groceries with affordable fresh food is harder to come by.

Paycheck To Paycheck, Food Stamp To Food Stamp, The Cycle Continues

In 2000, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. Around that time, OPB spoke with Portlander Tyra Lynn, who struggled to feed her family and relied on food stamps. This fall, OPB's spoke with Lynn again.

The Pride Of Self Sufficiency Meets The Reality Of Empty Cupboards

Tyra Lynn was featured in a recent OPB story about her experience with food stamps, which she has used on and off for more than a decade. Her sister, Constance Lee has a different take on accepting SNAP.

Voices From 'Hunger In Oregon'

In OPB’s series Hunger In Oregon, Oregonians shared their experience getting food on the table. Here are excerpts from those stories.

About Hunger In Oregon: Then And Now

Nearly 15 years ago, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. Today, the percentage of people facing hunger  is nearly as high as it was in 2000.

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Amanda Peacher

Reporter and Producer