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Long-term unemployment, persistent underemployment and the high cost of food, gas, utilities and rent are forcing more and more people to seek emergency food. 270,000 people per month eat meals from emergency food boxes. That’s half of Portland’s population. Of those, 92,000 are children. Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, emergency food box distribution has increased 41 percent.
The need for emergency food is unprecedented. For the third year in a row, the OFB Network distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.
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