Food Safety and Nutrition

Cooking classes serve Micronesian and Pacific Islander communities

Historically the Micronesian and Pacific Islander community in the United States has faced inequitable health outcomes, exacerbated by a lack of access to health care services and social safety nets due to their special residency ...

Clackamas Extension collaborates to create virtual Kids in the Kitchen class

In the fall of 2020, Oregon SNAP-Ed, a nutrition education program of the Oregon State University Extension Service, started partnering with Todos Juntos, a nonprofit after-school provider in Clackamas County, to deliver Kids in ...

Extension helps community come together to create food pantry

Boardman, a town of just over 5,000 on the shores of the Columbia River in Morrow County, boasts the lowest rate of unemployment and highest median income in Oregon. But food insecurity is a very real issue in Boardman, ...

Klamath, Lake residents learn to prepare healthy and affordable meals

In Klamath County, 14% of households experience food insecurity. People who are food insecure are at a higher risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. For children, food insecurity can have both physical and ...

Food Hero Bingo fosters healthy behavior changes outside of school

Many Oregon families struggle to get their kids to build healthy habits outside of school. In Oregon, nearly 12% youth ages 10 to 17 are obese, ranking 43rd in the United States and District of Columbia, according to the ...

Malheur County food pantry launches with Extension serving as resource

Nearly 40% of Malheur County’s children live in poverty, more than double the state average and ranking second only to Wheeler County, according to Oregon by the Numbers. Thirteen percent of the county’s roughly 30,500 ...

Sherman County households use Garden Starter Kits to grow their own food

Known as “Land of the Wheat,” Sherman County is the third-largest wheat producing county in Oregon, despite being 29th out of 36 in size. Even with all that bounty, a significant number of Sherman County households are ...

Free summer lunches in Chiloquin pave the way to more food security

Summer is a particularly high-risk time for youth in Chiloquin who aren’t getting the school lunches, physical activity or social connections provided during school months. A rural town of 700, Chiloquin residents rely on food ...

Native American recipes get a healthy spin

Many traditional Native American foods have morphed into unhealthy dishes that are very different from the originals. On the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation, food access is limited and most choices consist of foods...

Farm tours address dairy production misconceptions

Few people are familiar with how milk is produced, handled and processed. Misconceptions about animal welfare and food safety abound. Jenifer Cruickshank, the OSU Extension faculty dairy specialist for the Willamette Valley, seeks to...