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Posted September 8th, 2010 by houghtas

Rising unemployment and foreclosures due to the current economic recession resulted in 240,000 people per month eating meals from an emergency food box last year, up from 200,000 the previous year.  of those, 36 percent are children.

A basic family budget – enough to cover the essential needs for a family of four was $45,274 in 2007, while a full time job at Oregon’s 2009 minimum wage provided only $17,500.

*Statistics provided by the Oregon Food Bank Network September 2010

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