Oregon ranks as the second hungriest state

Just another sign that the economy in the State of Oregon sucks big time.


Oregon ranks as the second hungriest state according to a United States Department of Agriculture study released Monday, only behind Mississippi.
The study reported that over 13 percent of Oregon households struggled to put enough food on the table in 2008.

“These alarming numbers confirm the severe human toll of this recession and what the Oregon Food Bank network has been seeing for the past two years,” said Rachel Bristol, its chief executive. “Oregon has been hit especially hard.”

Nationwide, 14.6 percent of U.S. households, or about 49 million people, struggled to put enough food on the table; the highest number since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began tracking food security levels in 1995. The numbers are a significant increase from 2007, when 11.1 percent of U.S. households suffered from what the USDA classifies as “food insecurity”, not having enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.
The USDA said that 5.7 percent of those who didn’t have enough food experienced “very low food security,” meaning household members reduced their food intake.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the numbers could be higher in 2009 because of the global economic slowdown.
The Oregon Food Bank, which delivers food to many Southern Oregon charities, has already handed out 66.2 million pounds of food this year, the highest amount it’s ever distributed in a single year.
“More people, more families come to our food pantry and our kitchen and dining facility. Last year we provided 53,500 meals. This year that will be 10 percent higher,” said Len Hebert with St. Vincent de Paul.
St. Vincent de Paul says this year it’ll spend about $400,000 more on helping the local community with rent, food, and utility programs.

Not an advertisement but a sign of the times

couponsThis was in my mail Saturday. It was addressed to the name on my credit card that I have used many times at several of the restaurants listed. These restaurants used to be owned by Portland based Pacific Restaurants until last year when they were purchased by Restaurants Unlimited in Seattle. Kincaids and Portland City Grill are both across the street from my office. Kincaids is in the Embassy Suites Hotel on the east side and Portland City Grill is in the US Bank Building on the west side. So, I am very familiar with both restaurants. Stanfords and Newport Bay  have multiple locations in the Portland area and I have eaten at both of them for many years.

I think that this is a clever way to get people to return to their restaurants when they are hurting due to the poor economy. Oregon’s unemployment rate was 9% for December making it the 5th highest state. There are some counties in Oregon that are in double digits.

However; the cards would not cover one meal at most of the restaurants as they are pretty high end. They also can not be used in the bar for happy hour. That is too bad because the Portland City Grill has a killer happy hour menu.

Anyway I will use at least one or two of the cards and give the others away to someone in the office.