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DHS news release

Media Advisory

Oct. 15, 2004

Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (503) 731-418

Oregon receives $2.5 million bonus in federal dollars


What:Oregon is getting more than $2.5 million bonus dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for success in meeting hunger and nutrition needs

When:11:15 a.m. on Monday, Oct 18

Where:Tigard WIC clinic, 15296 SW Royalty Parkway
Off Hwy. 99W (Pacific Hwy.) behind Les Schwab at the Safeway Shopping Center across from King Cit

Who:USDA Under Secretary Eric Bost
Oregon Dept. of Human Services Director Gary Week

Details:Weeks will accept two checks:

• $1.9 million dollars for successful food stamp outreach. Oregon is one of the nation’s top five states for food stamp access. In June, more than 400,000 people from more than 200,000 households used food stamps.

• Two grants: $658,000 to promote breastfeeding--Oregon is number one in the nation for breastfeeding initiation, but rates fall off after 6 months. The grant, one of three nationwide, will promote longer breastfeeding through use and evaluation of peer counselors; and a $15,000 grant promotes fruit and vegetable consumption among children. The study will determine how best to encourage busy families on limited incomes to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Visual opportunities include: Weeks accepting two large checks, moms and children currently enrolled in Women, Infants and Children Program, and interviews with breastfeeding moms.