Linn Benton Food Share

Linn Benton Food Share distributed 5,325,088 pounds of food to our 74 member agencies from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Emergency food pantries in Linn and Benton counties distributed 52,051 food boxes during this time period.

Soup kitchens and shelters served 272,075 meals in our two-county area during FY 2013-14.

Poverty and Hunger

48 million Americans lived in poverty in 2013.

An estimated 14.3% of American households were food insecure at least sometime in 2013––meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.

At times during the year, 3.8 million households were unable to provide adequate nutritious food for their children.

Oregon’s overall poverty rate is 16.7%.

However, 23% of Oregon’s children live in poverty.

27% of respondents to the 2012 Oregon Food Bank Hunger Facts survey said long-term unemployment was a major reason they sought emergency food. That compares to 22% in 2008, at the beginning of the recession.

Source: Linn Benton Food Share, Fact and Figures, 2015