Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Ending Hunger Before it Begins

Portland, OR   |  www.oregonhunger.org

Mission

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon's mission is to raise awareness about hunger, connect people to nutrition programs, and to advocate for systemic changes that end hunger before it begins.

Ruling year info

2007

Board Chair

Andrew Hogan

Main address

PO Box 14250

Portland, OR 97293-0250 USA

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EIN

20-4970868

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon has long been committed to addressing economic inequality in order to accomplish our mission, and we point to poverty as one clear root cause of hunger. One in seven families in Oregon reports not consistently having the money to purchase enough nourishing food. We know there are other root causes—even deeper and more complexly woven into the root structure of our society—like systemic racism and sexism. Among those experiencing poverty some people are at far greater risk of hunger. Food insecurity disproportionately impacts communities of color, recent immigrants, families with children and particularly households led by single mothers, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community and people in rural areas of Oregon. We simply won’t achieve our vision of a hunger free Oregon, where everyone is healthy and thriving, without specifically focusing on preventing hunger for these groups of people.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SNAP Outreach

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO) works with local communities and statewide leaders to identify access barriers, implement new policies, and increase participation statewide. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps,) is helping to reduce hunger for almost one in five Oregonians.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Many federally-funded child nutrition programs go underutilized because parents, teachers, and other community members are unaware of their existence, or face barriers to accessing them. Some programs struggle to maintain adequate staffing and operating funds. We work with community partners including the Oregon Department of Education, to publicize and expand participation in school nutrition programs that provide kids with nutritious meals, including breakfast and lunch. We also work to improve access to the Pandemic EBT benefits program for families impacted by school closures.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We support and advocate for public policy that will increase economic stability, strengthen our food system and increase access to the food assistance safety net on the local, state and federal levels.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The connection between poverty and poor health is well established, and our ultimate goal is to improve the health of Oregon families through poverty reduction.

We see specific opportunities to improve existing pathways out of poverty, and make those pathways more equitable and accessible to all Oregonians. We also see opportunity to elevate the visibility of Oregon's hunger issue as a health lens through which our state will build the will to address poverty.

Our goals are to:
1) Engage the public by raising awareness of hunger and poverty.
2) Increase partnership diversity, strengthen collaborations and develop new anti-hunger leadership.
3) Improve access to Federal Nutrition Programs.
4) Advocate for improvements in income support programs and tax credits.

Goal 1) We utilize a combination of community events, targeted media outreach, and online communications to broaden the community's awareness of hunger in Oregon and engage people in meaningful conversations and action in response.

Goal 2) We actively work to develop new leaders and increase the diversity of partners within the broader anti-hunger movement, building the capacity of our current partners to advocate for change, and aligning our messages and initiatives for maximum impact.

Goal 3) With 15 years of nationally recognized expertise coordinating statewide outreach efforts, PHFO will continue our successful initiatives expanding access to SNAP, school breakfast, summer and after school meals. We continue to build upon our role as the lead partner of Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) in coordinating their statewide network of SNAP outreach contractors, and our role as conveners of the Oregon Youth Meals Alliance, to provide resources, training, materials, technical and financial support to local organizations across the state.

Goal 4) In recent legislative sessions, our targeted advocacy efforts have achieved significant progress to remove systemic barriers to family economic stability. During recent state legislative sessions, we produced legislative agendas with recommendations for significant poverty reduction opportunities. We informed elected officials and electoral candidates of the importance of investments in: 1) hunger prevention measures and 2) the positive impact on communities when families are stable and have pathways out of poverty.

We have a national reputation as an expert on hunger and poverty, built on years of experience and strengthened by our connection to the Oregon Hunger Task Force and its 25 members, including legislators, state agencies and community groups. During recent state legislative sessions, our advocacy achieved notable accomplishments, leveraging millions in resources to help families and their children move out of poverty. Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon is committed to continue building on that success, raising awareness about the impact hunger has on our state, connecting families with the support they need today, and building the capacity of our community to end hunger before it begins.

2019 Accomplishments to date:

We did it! Oregon goes further than any other state to create Hunger-Free Schools. The Hunger-Free Schools provisions were signed into law by Governor Kate Brown on May 16 as part of the landmark Student Success Act, which addresses decades of disinvestment in Oregon’s schools.

**Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon was part of a strong coalition of supporters making the case that school meals are a critical element of student success. How this Act will make a difference:

1. It will more than double the number of schools with universal school meals. We estimate that three in five students will attend a school serving meals to all kids at no charge. Kids at these schools will no longer feel singled out for eating school meals, and research shows that’s great for student achievement.

2. For the remainder of schools, Oregon will raise income eligibility to match eligibility for children’s health insurance. This will support working families who currently earn just too much to qualify but still need assistance.

3. Oregon will standardize the best practice of offering breakfast after the bell to students at schools with high rates of poverty. This means more students will have access to school breakfast, which is linked to higher attendance and graduation rates, and higher incomes later in life.

All of these changes will start of the school year in the fall of 2020, however there is still work to be done to make sure that this important legislation isn't overturned.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon Accomplishments in 2017-2018:

6,700 Kids Connected to Breakfast. Through 2017 and 2018 we partnered with over 120 Oregon schools to boost School Breakfast participation. Collectively, these schools increased access to breakfast for over 6,700 students.

5,000 Kids Connected to Summer Nutrition. Through our 2018 Summer Meals Support Fund grants, we partnered with communities statewide to support summer meal programs at 132 sites, feeding approximately 5,000 children daily, on average.

75,000 + Oregonians Connected with information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to strengthen a stable and reliable connection to food. Trained health care providers and community colleges on increasing access to SNAP.

In 2017-18, we advocated with coalition partners on state and local ballot measures that would impact Oregonians experiencing hunger – passing affordable housing and defeating measures that didn’t promote equity and justice.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Board of directors
as of 04/08/2022
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Board chair

Andrew Hogan

Street Roots

Donalda Dodson

Oregon Child Development Coalition

Andrew Hogan

Street Roots

Violeta Rubiani

MRG Foundation

Emily Wanous

Oregon Student Association

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes