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PORTLAND, OR -- Oregon ranks as the 13th largest state when it comes to residents suffering from hunger.

 

The head of the Oregon Food Bank, Sussannayh Morgan says we've made some strides in recent years, but we have a long way to go.

 

"The first thing I wntn to say is there are way too many people experiencing hunger in Oregon and SW Washington.  There are 800,000 people suffering from hunger, that's one in five.  If that were a disease, we'd call it an epidemic, one in five."

 

Morgan says three out of four people accessing their foodbanks are living at or below the poverty line.

 

For a family of four, that's less than 25-thousand dollars a year.

 

Morgan says the food bank has greatly expanded the amount of fresh produce offered and their school-based pantries.

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