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In the news this weekend: an attack in Egypt kills over two dozen people, President Trump's son in law is under the microscope in the Russian spying investigation, and it may take an entire village to save the planet.

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Public News Service - OR: Poverty Issues

Letter carriers are collecting nonperishable food items on Saturday in partnership with local food banks. (RDPixelShop)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – On Saturday, letter carriers are making fighting hunger as simple as checking the mail. Oregonians can leave nonperishable food items in bags or boxes near their mailboxes for collection. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the largest single-day food drive in the country.

Oregon's big budget shortfall could hinder efforts to fund homelessness service programs. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. -- In the midst of a housing crisis, state lawmakers are looking for a way to provide relief to Oregonians. There is no shortage of stories from people pushed onto the streets and going hungry in Oregon's current housing market. Annaliese Koehler, public policy advocate for Oregon Food

An Oregon Senate bill would give low-income Pacific Islanders in the U.S. under the COFA treaty access to dental care.  (domoyega/iStockphoto)

SALEM, Ore. – Denied access to Medicaid more than 20 years ago, low-income Pacific Islanders in Oregon are gaining their coverage back. People here under the Compact of Free Association, or COFA treaty from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau are granted legal

Oregonians are gathering at the Capitol today to push legislators to help ease the state's housing crisis. (AARP)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon's popularity as an attractive destination has had a side effect on housing markets across the state. Oregonians face pressures from many sides. Cities have low vacancy rates, rents are increasing rapidly, and property owners can evict renters without cause, meaning people

Food banks in Oregon want members of the immigrant and refugee community to feel safe in their pantries. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Fear among immigrants in Oregon might be leaving some families hungry. Many food pantries across the state report a decline in visits by people who may be fearful of being deported. Last weekend, a pantry manager at an Oregon Food Bank partner agency was detained at his home by I

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival provides workshops for high school students in the state. (Kim Budd/Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

ASHLAND, Ore. – The proposed budget from the Trump administration would slash funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to zero, and that could mean fewer children in Oregon will be exposed to art. The state's world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosts hundreds of students each y

Access to health care has led to a decrease in hunger among Oregonians, according to surveys by Oregon Food Bank. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act Thursday, and advocates fighting hunger in Oregon want lawmakers to keep in mind that affordable health care is a key part of addressing hunger. Advocates are concerned that the GOP's replacement plan could

Over the next decade, 24 million people could lose their health coverage under the GOP's plan, according to a Congressional Budget Office report. (PeopleImages/iStock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Republican Party's health care bill is moving through Congress, but opposition from organizations and even from inside the party itself is growing. AARP has come out against the American Health Care Act as well, saying it will hurt many Americans in a variety of ways. Jerry C

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