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Exploring The Urban-Rural Divide Of Childhood Hunger In Oregon


Jordan Valley School District has 81 students. Many are from ranching families, and they bus into school from up to 30 miles away.

Jordan Valley School District has 81 students. Many are from ranching families, and they bus into school from up to 30 miles away.

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The state of Oregon has one of the highest rates of child hunger in the nation. In 2013, 15.8 million American children lived in food insecure households. Since the recession in 2008, the amount of families acquiring food boxes increased 41 percent. In Oregon, the places showing the highest rate of childhood food insecurity are rural counties.

We’ll explore these issues with Sharon Thornberry, community food system manager for the Oregon Food Bank, and OPB reporter Amanda Peacher. Thornberry has been working on anti-hunger issues in Oregon since 1986. Peacher has worked on a series focusing on hunger in Oregon and recently reported from Jordan Valley in Malheur county.

Do you live in rural Oregon? Have you or your family experienced hunger?

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