Oregon Hunger Task Force

Contact: Patti Whitney-Wise

Executive Director

Email, (503) 595-5501, ext. 302

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.

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 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, which will guide our work for the next five years.

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

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

Lori Beamer, CoActive Connections

Representative Cliff Bentz, Oregon State Legislature

Sally Bowman, Oregon State University Extension Service

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

Tom Clancey-Burns, Community Action Partners of Oregon

Senator Betsy Close, Oregon State Senate

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

Jonathan Enz, Molalla United Methodist Church

Anne Goetze, Oregon Dairy Products Commission

Norene Goplen, Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger

Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Oregon Food Bank - Advocacy

Howard Kenyon, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Richard Mathews, Oregon Dept. of Housing and Community Services

Susannah MorganOregon Food Bank

Representative Jeff Reardon, Oregon State Legislature

Senator Diane Rosenbaum, Oregon State Legislature

Cliff Trow, Private Citizen, Former State Senator

Sue Woodbury, Oregon Dept. of Human Services - Women, Infants and Children (WIC)