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Making ends meet : hunger survival strategies in two rural Oregon communities Public Deposited

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  • Food insecurity and hunger have become persistent problems resulting from an increase in impoverished segments of populations worldwide. For those not affected, the problem seems unnoticeable – it is happening somewhere else far away from them. However, in the United States, the number of people living below the poverty level has risen dramatically for the last twenty-five years and continues to rise. The purpose of this research is: 1) to report on how low-income families in two rural communities describe their food security, and 2) consider the coping strategies rural poor develop to survive and provide for their families. Through the use of ethnographic qualitative data collected from low-income families in two rural Oregon communities – Salmonville and Hidden Cove, and additional quantitative data from Hidden Cove collected as part of a national study of low-income rural families, my results demonstrate that people’s lives are impacted and effected by the places where they live in both basic and often un-recognized ways. Furthermore, this research shows how communities with highly developed social capital are able to foster the development of human capital in the lives of low-income families, and subsequently, how people with more human capital are able to create more coping strategies and make better decisions. Poverty, food insecurity and hunger are not inevitable – they are preventable.
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