Partners for the Hunger free Oregon Aug Update

August 27, 2010 at 7:27 am Leave a comment

Congress cuts SNAP benefits to pay for Medicaid.  
Faced with difficult choices, Congress cut funding from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously known as food stamps) to pay for other legislative priorities earlier this month.

 
Cuts to SNAP will result in increased hardship for Oregon families and other vulnerable populations. Oregon was ranked second in the nation for a high percentage of hungry people and SNAP is currently supporting one in five Oregonians (over 720,000 people), many of whom are children.
 
Congress needs to hear from you! Contact your representatives and tell them not to cut SNAP benefits any further.
 
Senate:
Senator Merkley: (202) 224-3753
Senator Wyden: (202) 224-5244
 
House:
Contact your House Representative by clicking here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Now available: Guide to the Afterschool Meal and Snack Program.  
The school year is about to start, and our new Afterschool Meal and Snack Program Guide and assessment tool are live! The guide provides information and evaluations for starting and running the Meal Program at after-school programming in Oregon.

The Afterschool Meal and Snack Program reimburses for meals and/or snacks served to children and youth (up to age 18) who are attending qualified after-school programs. It is an important anti-hunger program that helps children concentrate and learn in after school settings.

With Meal Program trainings coming up in October, this guide is a great resource to help new programs get started and support those already in operation. Please share this email with those in your community who might benefit. Once you’ve used the new tool, please complete the survey on our website and let us know how we can make this guide even better for Oregon’s communities.

Questions? Contact Rick Freed (503) 595-5501 Ext 6.

PHFO advocates for better survey methods.  
America’s anti-hunger advocates have long known that hunger hits communities of color particularly hard. Our report earlier this year, Strength in Numbers, found that a shortage of good data limits our understanding of hunger among communities of color in Oregon.

Over the past several months, we have worked with the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Department of Housing & Community Services (OHCS) to add food security questions to the BRFSS survey. In future surveys, people of color will be oversampled to collect enough information to draw statistically significant conclusions.

These changes to BRFSS will allow PHFO and other public health advocates to better understand how all Oregonians are impacted by hunger, access to health care, and other health indicators. We extend our great thanks to Amber Roberts, DHS and OHCS for their collaboration.

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