“The opposite of poverty is not wealth – in too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.” – Bryan Stevenson

Find out more about the issues of hunger and homelessness and how they impact our local and global communities! 

Play Spent!

"Can you make it through the month?" Challenge yourself through this simulation activity and learn about some of the barriers, challenges and choices people experiencing poverty face. Enter the Spent simulation here.

Hunger & Food Insecurity in Oregon

Did you know that Oregon's Food Insecurity rate is 13.6%, according to a 2014 study done by OSU's Rural Studies Program? Learn more about hunger in Oregon and how agencies like the Oregon Food Bank are working to "eliminate hunger and its root causes." Learn about the Oregon Hunger Task Force. Read about the role housing plays in food security in Oregon. Learn about research done by the Oregon Center for Public Policy on Oregon Food Insecurity.

Oregon's Policy on Hunger

Did you know that the State of Oregon has a legal statute that reads, "All persons have the right to be free from hunger"? Read more on Oregon's Policy on Hunger and how it implicates food as a legal right.  

Western Regional Advocacy Project

"WRAP was created to expose and eliminate the root causes of civil and human rights abuses of people experiencing poverty and homelessness in our communities." Learn more about the work WRAP does to advocate for individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness in the West Coast Region. A campaign to create a homeless bill of rights in Oregon is currently underway to protect the rights of the unhoused. Learn more!

Hunger and Homelessness in the United States

Feeding America is the United State's "leading domestic hunger-relief charity." Learn more about the work of Feeding America as well as the state of hunger in the United States. Be sure to check out their interactive "Map the Meal Gap" graphic. 

National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) is "building a movement to end homelessness" in the United Stated. Learn more about the issue of homelessness and be sure to check out how NCH is taking action and how you can be part of the their movement.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

Housing Not Handcuffs: Ending the Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities by  National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) is an American nonprofit group which engages in impact litigation, policy advocacy, and research on the problem of homelessness. It has played a major role in focusing attention on local laws that it argues criminalize homelessness.

Global Hunger

Right to Adequate Food as a human right was first formally recognized by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) from 1948, as a part of the right to a decent standard of living.

Oxfam  is an international organization working for a just world without poverty and to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice.

ONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of more than seven million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa

Services, Resources and Assistance

If you are looking for assistance on the Corvallis campus, please contact the Oregon State University Human Services Resource Center.