TitleIn a country as affluent as America, people should be eating: experiences with and perceptions of food insecurity among rural and urban Oregonians.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsDe Marco, M, Thorburn, S, Kue, J
JournalQualitative health research
Date Published2009 Jul
KeywordsUrban Population

Many factors are associated with food insecurity in the United States. We conducted interviews with 25 low-income and/or food-insecure Oregonians to explore their experiences with food insecurity, the role of social support, and whether these experiences differed based on rural/urban residence. Ill health and unemployment emerged as food-insecurity contributors. Coping strategies cited included use of nutrition assistance programs, alternate food sources, and drawing on social support. The findings suggest that policy and practice efforts should be directed at increasing the human capital of low-income Oregonians and the benefit levels of essential nutrition assistance programs.