Food security for the children in Union County is the ultimate goal of the Friday Backpack Program.
Continue to develop and maintain a network for food acquisition, storage, and distribution of supplemental food for eligible children and their families.
We envision our community where all children have access to adequate and nutritious food resources.
Oregon currently has the highest rate of childhood hunger in the nation, with 29% of children in the state facing food insecurity.
Roughly 50% of the children in Union County are eligible for free and reduced breakfast and lunch, living in food insecure households.
Food insecurity is defined as “a household that is uncertain of having or being able to acquire enough food to meet the basic needs of all household members because of insufficient money and other resources for food.”
Failure to address hunger creates consequences beyond the family dinner table. Research has clearly demonstrated a link between food insecurity and negative health and academic outcomes.