Hunger isn’t just uncomfortable for children. It’s dangerous

Children who are hungry are at higher risk for developmental and academic problems, frequent illness and nutritional inadequacies. Knowledge of indicators and impacts on childhood hunger allows health providers to identify patients at risk and to provide appropriate interventions.

The Childhood Hunger Coalition is dedicated to providing ongoing education and outreach tools for clinicians in an effort to reduce childhood hunger and improve the health of children and families. Coalition members include representatives from Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC), Oregon Food Bank, Oregon State University Extension Service, Oregon Health & Science University, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon WIC, Providence St Joseph Health System, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and Legacy Health System.



Continuing Education Now Available

Childhood Food Insecurity: Health Impacts, Screening & Intervention

Take the course

Course participants will:

  • Identify the health consequences of pediatric and pre-natal food insecurity and hunger and be able to discuss at least two health consequences.
  • Use the two validated food-insecurity risk questions as part of intake protocol in clinical settings.
  • Integrate intervention strategies (such as food assistance connections and nutrition education) for patients and families at risk of food insecurity.
Childhood hunger is linked to developmental, behavioral & academic problems