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Securing the Vulnerable : Documenting Food Security Status Among Single Mothers of Oregon (2001-2015) Public Deposited

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  • Recent reports using data from the 2013-2015 Current Population Surveys reveal that while the overall food insecurity rate in Oregon is 16.1%, single mothers in Oregon experience food insecurity rates as high as 44.1%. This study will portray how household assets and capital relate to food insecurity for single mothers in Oregon versus the rest of the U.S., using Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement (CPS-FFS) from 2001 to 2015. This study also depicts how organizations in Oregon collaborate and strategize to fill gaps in food security. Food insecurity affects certain groups of the population disproportionately, targeting vulnerable households which lack access to livelihood assets and capital and are influenced by transforming structures and processes, according to the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework, developed by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). This analysis found that insecure single mothers in Oregon struggle with increasingly high renting rates and possible issues with higher education completion and nutrition assistance program participation. However, the Oregon Hunger Task Force’s continued collaboration and development of targeted strategies leads to a greater understanding of vulnerability, with future hopes of reducing insecurity for single mothers.
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