Spring break means some Ore. kids go hungry

Spring break means some Ore. kids go hungry

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by Abbey Gibb, KGW Staff

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Posted on March 16, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 16 at 8:45 PM

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- It's hard to imagine, but more kids go hungry in Oregon than any other state in the country. And it's about to get a lot worse.

With spring break just around the corner, thousands of kids who rely on free and reduced breakfast and school lunches, won't have that option. That means thousands of kids could go without eating for most of the day.

One school district knows that story better than most: Beaverton, where they've seen a huge increase in demand. The average is 40 percent of their kids using free lunches but some schools see 80 percent, the district said,

"We have a lot of families that are doubled up--tripled up in some cases--so sometimes the youngest kids are the ones that don't get fed, or if they get fed they get the smaller portions," said McKinley Elementary School Councilor Forrest Rosser.

Rosser said they see students every week coming in on Monday who haven't eaten over the weekend. They can only imagine what it's going to be like when kids are out of school for a week.

Angela Williams is a mother of two at the elementary school.

"Without the lunch program I would have to choose between the mortgage and feeding my kids. It's that bad," she said.

And that's where the Oregon Food Bank comes in. But it hasn't been easy for them either as they try to meet a record demand. They said USDA has cut food donations to them by 60 percent.

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