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  • CAPECO Food Share program works to fight hunger and its root cause, because no one should be hungry…
  • CAPECO Food Share program works with Oregon Food Bank and local pantries to distribute emergency food boxes to hungry families.

Who is Hungry? Understanding hunger…

  • Long-term unemployment, persistent underemployment and the high cost of food, gas, utilities and rent are forcing more and more people to seek emergency food banks.
  • The need for emergency food is unprecedented. In 2013 CAPECO Food Share Program distributed more than 1.2 million pounds of food to an average of 7,000 people in Umatilla, Morrow, Wheeler and Gilliam Counties.
  • In 2013 it was estimated that more than 6,000 children suffered from food insecurity in the four counties which CAPECO services.

CAPECO Network Statistics

  • Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, food box distribution has increased 41 percent.
  • 7,000 people per month ate meals from emergency food boxes.
  • A typical emergency food box provides a three- to five-day supply of groceries. Most food pantries serve a specific geographic area and limit the number of times a family can receive help. On average families access emergency food boxes four times per year.
  • Most adult emergency food recipients are looking for work, retired or disabled; 25% of adults eating from food boxes say that their lack of employment is the major reason they had to seek help from a food bank
  • Households with children are the largest group served thorough our regional food banks. It is estimated that 33% of people eating from food boxes are children.

Hunger's effects

  • Hunger hurts families, children, seniors and those who are disabled.
  • Hunger negatively impacts learning, health, productivity and potential for both children and adults.
  • Children who are hungry have more difficulty learning in school.
  • Childhood hunger and malnutrition can lead to irreversible health problems later in life.

What you can do to help:

  • Hold a food drive in your place of work or school
  • Give monetary, food and time donations
  • Get the word out about the hunger issue within our community

How funds are used

Your generous donations keep our trucks on the road delivering food statewide, our freezers running and our warehouse operating. Donations allow us to supplement food donations with large food purchases to meet increasing need. We also use funds to deliver programs that address the root causes of hunger through advocacy and education. More than Ninety-four cents of every dollar donated goes directly to fighting hunger.

Hunger stories in our community...

Lois from Pendleton

I am thankful for what I have...

I eat a lot of ramen noodles. When I turn into a walking noodle, watch out!

I thank God every day for food pantries and the people who work there because if it wasn’t for those boxes, there would be so many people hungry and going without. I get Social Security, but most of that goes for rent and other bills like lights. I get $75 a month in SNAP and I go to the food pantry when my food stamps run out.

I am thankful for what I have. I have a roof over my head, thank God. Some live under bridges, freezing all winter long, no shoes. People are still homeless, still hungry, still wondering where they’re going to go and what they’re going to do. That’s not right; we need to fix the economy.

Jess from Pendleton

I don't want to be paralyzed

The doctors told me that if I push myself as hard as I used to — when I had two jobs, went to school 14 hours a week and took care of three kids — I’ll be paralyzed by the time I’m 40. I'm 36 years old. I don't want to be paralyzed. I want to enjoy my kids. They're bright and giving, they stick up for the underdogs, and they would give up everything they owned if it meant feeding or taking care of another kid. Right now I don’t exactly have a home, but I'm trying.

The only job I've been able to do is delivering newspapers and it barely pays for my gas. To make it work, I'm doing Tuesday to Saturday at ungodly hours. I get my papers at 12:30 a.m. and I drive all of them, even my foot routes, because I can't carry the papers. One of my routes is 90 miles long and takes a quarter-tank of gas in my car.

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