Oregon Hunger Task Force

Contact: Alison Killeen

Community Engagement Manager

Email, (503) 595-5501, ext. 305

Together with the Oregon Hunger Task Force, we work to end hunger before it begins by addressing root causes. Our common goal is to build families' economic stability and food security so that all Oregonians have sufficient means and ready access to nutritious, quality food. Explore the Task Force's current Plan to End Hunger as well as the most current research on the status of food insecurity in Oregon at OregonHungerTaskForce.org

History of the Task Force

The story of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon begins back in 1989, when the Oregon State Legislature created the Oregon Hunger Task Force (ORS 458.532). At that time, Oregon ranked high for hunger among states, and the legislature declared that "All persons have the right to be free from hunger."

The 28-seat (now 22-seat) Task Force was directed to "serve as an advocate for hungry persons," studying the problem of hunger, making recommendations, and helping local communities implement changes.

Working with partners throughout Oregon, the Task Force has since worked to promote community awareness, compile research, develop proposals for government action, and conduct outreach to expand participation in nutrition programs.

In 2004, the Task Force gathered input from Oregonians across the state to develop the Act to End Hunger, a broad framework to address the root causes of hunger. Outlining "40 ways in 5 years to make a difference," the Act to End Hunger provided a plan of action to reduce Oregon's hunger rank, one of the highest in the country.

The Act to End Hunger proved to be a critical organizing tool for anti-hunger advocates across the state. The urgency of the problem, and the opportunity for progress directed the members of the Oregon Hunger Task Force to launch a private non-profit organization (Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon) whose staff would directly support and help implement the recommendations of the Act to End Hunger.

Working together in 2010, Partners and the Task Force launched Ending Hunger Before it Begins: A Call to Action, a second five-year plan to guide the state's response to hunger through 2015. 

Current Task Force Members

Members of the Task Force board represent a diverse field of private and public sector organizations, working together to end hunger in Oregon.

Donalda Dodson, Chair, Oregon Child Development Coalition

Diane Rosenbaum, Vice Chair, Former State Senator

Annie Kirschner, Director, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Liz Adams, Childhood Hunger Initiative, OHSU Child Development and Rehabilitation Center

James Barta, Children First for Oregon

Representative Cliff Bentz, Oregon State Legislature

Sally Bowman, Oregon State University Extension Service

Belit Burke, Oregon Dept. of Human Services - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

John Burt, Farmers Ending Hunger

Joyce Dougherty, Oregon Dept. of Education, Child Nutrition Programs

Mark Edwards, Oregon State University School of Public Policy

Jonathan Enz, Molalla United Methodist Church

Anne Goetze, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council

Sarah Joannides, New Seasons Market

Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Oregon Food Bank - Advocacy

Howard Kenyon, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Jacqueline Leung, Micronesian Islander Community

Janet Merrell, Community Action Partners of Oregon

Susannah MorganOregon Food Bank

Representative Jeff Reardon, Oregon State Legislature

Kara Smith, Food for Lane County

Senator Kathleen Taylor, Oregon State Legislature

Senator Chuck Thomsen, Oregon State Legislature

Suzanne Washington, Meals on Wheels People

Sue Woodbury, Oregon Health Authority - Women, Infants and Children (WIC)