City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

An Opportunity Agenda For Oregonians

Meeting Date: Friday January 16th, 2015

Air Date: Monday January 19th, 2015

Nearly one in three working families in the United States and in Oregon has trouble meeting their basic needs. Middle-class families in Oregon are struggling to maintain that status. Women and working families striving to join Oregon’s middle class face more barriers than ever before.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek will talk about an “Opportunity Agenda” to address those issues built on three key platforms: expanding opportunity, rewarding work, and ensuring basic fairness.

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Hunger in Oregon
6:54 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The Pride Of Self Sufficiency Meets The Reality Of Empty Cupboards

Tyra Lynn and Constance Lee are close as sisters, despite their decade in age difference.
Credit Amanda Peacher / OPB

This week we’re talking to Oregonians across the state who struggle with hunger. Yesterday we checked in with Tyra Lynn. We interviewed her more than a decade ago about her experience with food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. Today, we spend time with Lynn and her sister Constance Lee, who has a different take on accepting SNAP.

Tyra Lynn is rolling pie dough in her sister’s home in Mountain Home, Idaho.

Lynn: We’re going to need more flour. I’ve got barely enough flour and I’ve only made one pie crust.

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Hunger in Oregon
7:26 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Paycheck To Paycheck, Food Stamp To Food Stamp, The Cycle Continues

Tyra Lynn at 27: family photo. This photo has been touched up to remove film grain and scratches.
Credit Tara Lynn

In 2000 Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. Around that time, OPB’s Rob Manning spoke with Portlander Tyra Lynn, who struggled to feed her family and relied on food stamps. This fall, OPB found Lynn. We wanted to know whether her situation changed more than a decade later.

Life was hard for Tyra Lynn twelve years ago. Her husband had just lost his job, and the then 27-year-old mother of three had a hard time making ends meet.   

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Hunger in Oregon
7:39 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Hunger's Challenges Multiply In Remote Parts Of Oregon

Marriann Duffy with her son in Jordan Valley
Credit Amanda Peacher / OPB

People who live in cities usually have a grocery store or a food pantry option within a few miles. But in rural communities, access to groceries with affordable fresh food is harder to come by.

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7:15 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Oregon's Policies Increase Access To Food, But Can't Solve Hunger Problem

Tiffany Warner eats dinner at home with her two daughters in Bend.
Credit Amanda Peacher / OPB

Nearly 15 years ago, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. The state changed a number of policies to try to help. But the percentage of people facing hunger today is nearly as high as it was in 2000. In this series, we talk to Oregonians who struggle to put food on the table, and look at programs that provide support. Amanda Peacher reports on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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12:26 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

New Study Shows Plight Of Oregon's Low Wage Workers

Credit LERC

Despite Oregon having the 2nd highest minimum wage in the nation, low-wage workers in the state are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. That's the finding of a new report from the University of Oregon.

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6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Helping Impoverished Children Starts With Parents

Kids from lower-income families are more likely to escape the cycle of poverty when programs are also coordinated to serve their parents, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Credit Bridge Meadows

Helping children in poverty needs to start with their parents. That's according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. There are approximately 126 thousand Oregon children under age 8 living below the poverty line. Most of their parents don't have a higher education degree and many don't have year round work. Children First for Oregon Spokeswoman Tonia Hunt says the State needs to work on ways to improve the family budget.

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12:43 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Study Shows More Oregonians Living In Poverty Even With Positive Economic Growth

Credit Oregon Center for Public Policy.

Despite economic growth, the number of Oregonians living in poverty is higher than it was during the 2008 recession. The Oregon Center for Public Policy has released poverty figures for 2013. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer has more.

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Youth Issues
1:20 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Minority Children Face Disparity In Opporunity Throughout Oregon

Credit www.cffo.org

Minority children in Oregon have fewer opportunities to emerge from poverty than their white peers. That's according to a report released earlier this week from the advocacy group, Children First for Oregon.

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Working Poor
6:43 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Oregon's Working Poor: Housing

Alaina Campos comforting her daughter Lexi outside the library in Redmond.
Credit John Rosman / OPB

This week we bring you stories of Oregon’s “working poor,” or those who are living below 200 percent of the poverty line.For many families, housing eats up the biggest portion of limited budgets. Amanda Peacher reports from Central Oregon, where the rental market is especially challenging for low-income workers.

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