People are not supposed to go hungry in America or in Oregon, but they do. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that 5.8 percent of all Oregon households live with hunger due to insufficient money for food. This is the worst rate in the country. Moreover, according to the USDA, an additional 6.8 percent of households in the state survive on the verge of hunger, even in these times of good economic health.
Source: Leachman, Michael, "How Many Hungry Oregonians? Measuring Food Insecurity and Hunger," November 30, 1999.