Now is the Time to End Hunger in Oregon’s Schools

Hunger in Oregon remains unacceptably high.

An estimated 173,000 children in Oregon live in households that experience or are at risk of hunger. That’s about one in five kids.

Worse still, one in three of children at risk of hunger don’t qualify for school meals. But ask any teacher: hungry kids can’t learn.

Healthy school meals are just as important to learning as textbooks or pencils. Children who participate in school meals are shown to attend more days of school, improve test scores, be more likely to graduate, and earn more as adults.

We can and must do better for Oregon’s students. Here’s how you can help.

This year, our state is considering game-changing investments to our education system that will directly contribute to the success of Oregon’s students. School meals are a critical part of the recipe for student success:

  • HB 2760-1: Hunger-Free Schools. Makes Oregon’s schools hunger-free by filling federal funding gaps so 761 schools with the highest need can offer meals to all kids at no charge. For the remaining 484 schools, Oregon would provide targeted support to students so eligibility for school meals is consistent with children's health insurance.

  • HB 2765-1: Breakfast After the Bell. Ensures students have access to breakfast at school by ensuring that breakfast is available after the bell at schools with the highest rates of poverty.

Contact your legislators TODAY and explain that you want HB 2760 and HB 2765 passed this year so that every Oregon child can start the school day with a full belly, ready to learn.