Oregon Faith Roundtable Against hunger Update

December 13, 2012 at 7:23 am Leave a comment

Portland Metro Area Chapter: Looking Ahead To 2013

The mission of the Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger is: people of faith educating and advocating, and preparing others for advocacy, to end hunger, starting with the Portland Tri-County area.

For years, OFRAH has met monthly to live our mission. Beginning January 2013, OFRAH will meet quarterly.

The OFRAH mission has not changed but we add a new goal: to increase the participation of churches and religious organizations to support our mission. We want you to have the tools to take to your congregations so you can advocate for the changes necessary to change the face of hunger in our Metro area.

Hungry for Change? On January 20, 2013 a new Congress will head to the Capitol to work on Budgets, Deficit Reduction and a Farm Bill.

On February 4, 2013 the Oregon State Legislature convenes to focus on local budget concerns — Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Do you know what is at stake?

Do you know the tools you already have to ensure Congress (National and State) helps people struggling to live in dignity?

Do you know Oregon’s 2011 Poverty Rates? Eighteen percent of all Oregonians live in poverty. That’s equal to 662,283 Oregonians, a number bigger than the populations of Salem, Eugene, Medford, Gresham, Beaverton and Bend, combined.  Twenty-three percent of Oregon children, our future, live in poverty. Thirty percent of Latinos.

Finding HOPE

You can find H.O.P.E. in Oregon City. H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Eat) is a shopping pantry. Walk a neighbor around H.O.P.E. and you can find stories everywhere; stories of family and circumstances.

There was a surprise today; none of the stories were unusual. Everyone shared the same story: not enough money for food to feed their families because they had no job, or a low-income job, or had a health emergency, or were homeless, or as a senior citizen they had only social security to rely on.

How had these stories become ordinary? Each person had followed a different journey to our pantry. As people of faith, how can we move from charity to justice?

What You Can Do:

Saturday January 12: Hungry for Change: Federal and State Legislation Affecting Hunger in Oregon.9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Catholic Charities Building, 2740 SE Powell Boulevard, Portland 97202. Leave with tools for you and your congregation to advocate to change the face of hunger in the Tri-County area. From Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger, Bread for the World & Catholic CharitiesClick here for flyer

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