Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Ending Hunger Before it Begins

Portland, OR   |
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Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

EIN: 20-4970868


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.

Notes from the nonprofit

These are Our Values: Lived experiences: We listen closely to and raise up the voices and stories of people who directly experience hunger and poverty. Building Power: Communities are resilient and know what they need to thrive. We are committed to collectively organizing, advocating, and working in solidarity inside our communities to make the changes we need. Challenging Power: We build collective grassroots power to challenge and disrupt the existing power structures of white supremacy and oppression. Accountability: We recognize and are responsible for our power and position. We will listen to feedback and criticism. Social, racial, and economic justice: We are focused on achieving justice for all by dismantling historic and current systems of inequity and oppression that lead to hunger and poverty.

Ruling year info


Co-Executive Director - Community Food Justice

Sarah Weber-Ogden

Co-Executive Director - Team Support

Jaz Bias

Main address

PO Box 14250

Portland, OR 97293-0250 USA

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Subject area info

Food security

Economic justice

Human services information

Agriculture, fishing and forestry

Population served info

Children and youth

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Affiliations & memberships

Nonprofit Association of Oregon member 2024

Human Services Coalition of Oregon 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.14 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2018 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,090 -$10,703 $199,939 $177,636 $17,915
As % of expenses 0.1% -1.2% 20.2% 17.5% 1.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,090 -$10,703 $198,606 $174,970 $15,250
As % of expenses 0.1% -1.2% 20.0% 17.2% 1.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $733,644 $975,043 $1,262,478 $1,394,682 $1,017,051
Total revenue, % change over prior year -25.4% 0.0% 0.0% 10.5% -27.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 29.8% 20.6% 90.5% 14.5% 20.4%
All other grants and contributions 70.0% 78.9% 3.2% 76.9% 70.1%
Other revenue 0.2% 0.5% 6.4% 8.6% 9.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $911,707 $926,900 $990,171 $1,012,820 $1,139,578
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.3% 12.5%
Personnel 66.2% 66.8% 68.4% 76.9% 68.7%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 11.6%
Occupancy 3.5% 3.8% 4.0% 4.5% 4.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 8.1% 7.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 22.2% 22.3% 27.5% 18.6% 15.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2018 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $911,707 $926,900 $991,504 $1,015,486 $1,142,243
One month of savings $75,976 $77,242 $82,514 $84,402 $94,965
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $7,996 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $987,683 $1,004,142 $1,082,014 $1,099,888 $1,237,208

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2018 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.6 3.0 6.1 8.9 7.3
Months of cash and investments 1.6 3.0 6.1 8.9 7.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.4 0.2 2.3 4.4 4.1
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2018 2020 2021 2022
Cash $118,132 $234,626 $504,456 $747,205 $690,494
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $119,156 $87,060 $126,170 $302,152 $261,568
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $7,996 $7,996 $7,996
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 16.7% 50.0% 83.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 12.6% 9.7% 26.8% 8.4% 12.4%
Unrestricted net assets $26,769 $13,016 $200,002 $374,971 $390,221
Temporarily restricted net assets $192,281 $287,470 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $192,281 $287,470 $274,190 $603,015 $462,573
Total net assets $219,050 $300,486 $474,192 $977,986 $852,794

Key data checks

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

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Co-Executive Director - Community Food Justice

Sarah Weber-Ogden

Co-Executive Director - Team Support

Jaz Bias

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board chair

Andrew Hogan

Street Roots

Donalda Dodson

Oregon Child Development Coalition

Andrew Hogan

Street Roots

Tracey Henkels

Living Room Realty

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
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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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