Our mission:

Doctor with patients

The Childhood Hunger Coalition (CHC) is a network of health care professionals, anti-hunger advocates and other interested Oregonians working together to educate the medical community, policy makers, and the general public about the medical, developmental and psycho-social impacts of childhood food insecurity and hunger. We believe childhood hunger must be understood as a public health issue, not simply a social issue.

Mission: To eliminate public health problems arising from childhood hunger through prevention, identification of families at risk and intervention.


Food security: The ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods for an active, healthy life.

Food insecurity (low food security): occurs whenever the availability of nutritionally adequate food or the ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways is limited or uncertain due to insufficient money and other resources.

Hunger (very low food security): a situation where household members unwillingly go without food for an intermittent or extended period of time. (USDA Economic Research Service)

Hunger and Health Video https://hungerandhealth.feedingamerica.org/resource/illuminating-intersections-hunger-and-health-video/

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Continuing Education Now Available

Course participants will:

  • Improve knowledge about health consequences of pediatric and pre-natal food insecurity and hunger and be able to discuss at least two health consequences.
  • Use a validated food-insecurity risk question as part of intake protocol in a clinical setting.
  • Integrate intervention strategies (such as food assistance outreach and education) for patients and families at risk for food insecurity.
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