Illustration of a person eating a mealOverview

The Coalition was established in 2010 with the support of the Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners.  The Coalition addresses the root causes of food insecurity through policy discussions and outreach, elevating families’ voices, and coordinating efforts of our nonprofit and multi-jurisdictional Coalition partners. Our co-chairs are Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Multnomah County Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH).

Mission

A collective voice to increase food security for families navigating poverty focused on communities of color in Multnomah County.  

Guiding Principles

  • We hold communities of color, Indigenous and Black people at the front of our work.
  • Food insecurity is a symptom of inequities and racism in our society.  This is reflected in racial disparities in employment, housing, criminal justice, health outcomes, and education.
  • We elevate the voices of families as they share their lived experiences.
  • We engage the community with local policies related to the root causes of hunger.  

Coalition Partners

211info, American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Club of Portland Metro Area, CareOregon, Grow Portland, Growing Gardens, Home Forward, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, Latino Network, Meals on Wheels People, Metropolitan Family Service, Mudbone Grown, Multnomah County SNAP Outreach, Multnomah County Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), Oregon Food Bank, Oregon State University Extension SNAP-Ed, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Portland Food Project, Portland Parks & Recreation Summer Free for All, Trimet, Zenger Farms, and Multnomah County school districts

Contact

For more information about the Child & Family Food Security Coalition please contact frances.hall@multco.us.  


Definitions

Communities of color: Blacks, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Latinx, Indigenous peoples, and immigrants and refugees, including African immigrants, Slavic, and Russian speaking communities, and people from the Middle East.  (Adapted from Metro, “Strategic plan to advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion”)

Food insecurity: A lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life (U.S. Department of Agriculture).  

Food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food for the household (Feeding America).