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Oregon’s Hunger Rate Declining

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s hunger rate is high, but it’s starting to budge in the right direction, according to a report the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Wednesday.

About 13.6-percent of Oregon households suffered food insecurity between 2009 and 2011. That’s down barely from the 2008 to 2010 period.

About 5.9 percent suffered from hunger, which is down from 6.1 percent. Those are people who ate less, skipped meals, and sometimes went without food for days.

There are enough of them in Oregon to fill Portland’s Rose Garden Arena 11 times.

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