Hunger And Food Security

Of the 40,568 Students in the Beaverton School District, 32.8% Qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch - that’s 13,306 kids! At Beaverton High School, 44% qualify for the lunch program. At Vose Elementary, that number is a shocking 86%.

According to the Oregon Food Bank*, “Hunger starves the human spirit.”

Oregon Food Bank clients were surveyed about food security:

  • 28% worry always or often about where their next meal is coming from
  • 82% report that there have been times in the last 12 months when they did not have enough money to buy food that they or their family needed
  • 38% of households reported watering down food or drinks to make them last longer
  • 31% of households with kids report cutting kids meals

Oregon’s food insecurity rate continues to remain above the national average. For Oregon households, 16.1% are considered food insecure. The national average is 14.3%.

Oregon Food Bank link:

"The Oregon Center for Public Policy crunched the data from the USDA’s latest national report. It found that over the past three years, the percentage of Oregon households with low food security rose at the highest rate of any state in the nation."

"The center’s Juan Carlos Ordonez said the timing of their report — Thanksgiving week — was no accident."

“Certainly in this time of the year, people are thinking about food and coming together as families and sharing a meal,” said Ordonez. “And so there’s no better time to really highlight the struggles that many families in our state face when it comes to putting food on the table.”

"Ordonez said some possible reasons for Oregon’s rising food insecurity: a lack of affordable housing and affordable childcare."

"Nationally, the percentage of food insecure households dropped during the same period."

Free groceries from Bethel Food cupboard

Free Groceries

A large food cupboard where clients choose items their families will eat is open here at Bethel on Monday and Thursday from 11:30 AM -12:30 PM and on Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Families in need of 3 to 5 days of emergency food are helped through a partnership with Oregon Food Bank and Care to Share. Contact Care to Share at 503-591- 9025 or drop in during open hours.

Free hot meal at Faith Café for Washington county neighbors

Free Meals

Faith Café is dedicated to helping our Washington County neighbors who are hungry for food and community. Faith Café offers a free weekly meal, served by volunteers, and advocates for long-term social changes that reduce hunger and poverty. Members of our congregation volunteer to serve at the Café on a regular basis. Faith Cafe serves a free hot meal here at Bethel every Sunday at 5:00 PM and on the last Thursday of each month at 5:00 PM.

Homeless Beaverton youth sleeping on park bench helped with food over BeavertonHighbreaks

Winter Break Food For Homeless Students

BHS Homeless students receive two free meals a day while in school, but Winter Break means two weeks with no free meals! Thanks to our partnership with Beaverton High School, we are able to provide 2000 meals each year to meet this important need.

Contact us for more info on how you can help the fight food insecurity in Washington County.

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