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Analysis: Oregon's Hunger Success "At-Risk"

July 24, 2007

Oregon no longer tops the nation's hunger statistics, but a Bush administration proposal to change food stamp rules could threaten that success. And nationally, food stamps for over 300,000 people are at risk, according to new analysis from the Oregon Center for Public Policy. The non-partisan think tank says the White House's plan to eliminate a provision of federal food stamp rules would cause over 41,000 Oregonians to lose food stamp benefits. Over half of those families include children. Report author Michael Leachman says the administration's proposal takes out a key strategy of Oregon's hard-won success.

"It could well reverse Oregon's progress against hunger. We used this very effectively to help more low-income working families get food on the table."

The House Agriculture committee passed the 2007 Farm Bill without the administration's proposed food stamp cuts, but it still has to pass the full House and Senate. If the proposal passes, Oregon would face bigger cuts than most states because Oregon has been more aggressive in using food stamps as a hunger-fighting tool.

Leachman adds that if the administration succeeds in attaching the cuts to the final farm bill, it will be bad news many other states as well.

"We'll have to back track, and that will hurt these low-income working families and that could well mean that we'd see our hunger rate going back up."

The report is online at".

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR