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 (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, 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
Representative Cliff Bentz, Oregon State Legislature
Sally Bowman, Oregon State University Extension Service
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
Norene Goplen, Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger
Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Oregon Food Bank - Advocacy
Howard Kenyon, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Annie Kirschner, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
Janet Merrell, Community Action Partners of Oregon
Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank
Representative Jeff Reardon, Oregon State Legislature
Senator Diane Rosenbaum, Oregon State Legislature
Kara Smith, Food for Lane County
Senator Chuck Thomsen, Oregon State Legislature
Suzanne Washington, Meals on Wheels People