Civic, church groups provide food assistance in difficult time
The COVID-19 crisis has caused not only health but economic concerns for many families.
In Sandy, a number of nonprofit organizations, churches and community groups are offering food assistance to those in need. Below is a list, which will be updated as necessary, for resources available to families in the Sandy, Boring and Mount Hood communities
Sandy, Boring, Mount Hood area
• Sandy Community Action Center, 38982 Pioneer Blvd., 503-668-4746 or sandyactioncenter.com/
The pantry is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.
The center hosts a free food market where people in need can pick up a free food box in a drive-thru format every third Thursday of the month. The market opens at 9 a.m. and runs while supplies last. Visitors are advised to make an appointment by calling the center, but reservations are not required.
For those able to give back, donations of food items are being accepted — both fresh produce and nonexpired, nonperishable items — between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays or between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the loading dock behind the center. Jams and jellies are in specific demand at the pantry. The center also is always in need and appreciative of monetary donations, which can be made online at sandyactioncenter.com/ways-to-give.
• Neighborhood Missions, Hoodland Senior Center, 65000 Highway 26, Welches.
Neighborhood Missions, a nonprofit group run through the Hoodland Lutheran Church, hosts a free food market from 9-10 a.m. the last Monday of every month in the parking lot behind the Hoodland Senior Center. The next event is scheduled to take place Monday, Oct. 26.
The program is a partnership between Neighborhood Missions and the Oregon Food Bank. Those interested in more information, or how to help, can call Neighborhood Missions at 503-622-9213.
• The Hoodland Senior Center, 65000 Highway 26, Welches
The Hoodland Senior Center is still offering the following services:
• Meals on Wheels five days a week
• Medical Rides - requests for rides should be made at least 3 days before appointment
• SHIBA - Medicare Counseling
• Energy assistance
• Information and assistance
• Free food boxes from Clackamas County Social Services, delivered every Monday. Call the center at 503-622-3331 to be added to their order list.
• Sandy's Helping Hands
Churches to contact for assistance:
• St. Michael's Catholic Church
18090 S.E. Langensand Road, Sandy
503-668-4446 (Office hours are every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Saint Vincent de Paul at Saint Michael The Archangel Catholic Church in Sandy offers assistance with resources, such as food, rent or utilities.
• Sandy Assembly of God Church
39800 Highway 26, Sandy
• Seventh Day Adventist Church, Boring
The Seventh Day Adventist Church is coordinating a mobile pantry. Call 503-960-7313 to preregister and get date, time and location.
• Abundant Life Church, Care Network
Abundant Life Church in Sandy is coordinating as a congregation to meet the needs of those asking for assistance. Visit bit.ly/alccarenetwork to make a request.
Visit alcpnw.com to learn more about the church or how to lend a hand.
Gresham and East County
• SnowCap Community Charities, 17805 S.E. Stark St., Portland.
SnowCap is a food pantry, serving individuals and families in East County and Gresham living east of 82nd Avenue. There are no income restrictions barring people from receiving service.
For pantry hours, visit snowcap.org/services.
• Birch Community Services
Birch Community Services provides food, clothing and household items as well as financial self-sufficiency classes and one-on-one counseling for working families who are not receiving SNAP or TANF, but struggling to make ends meet and who have enrolled with the organization.
You can apply online at birchcommunityservices.org or call 503-251-5431 to meet with the financial counselor. A monthly service fee and volunteer hours are required.
The Meals on Wheels program offers several services and types if assistance.
• Daily home-based meal deliveries for seniors. Participants will be asked to contribute $7.39 toward the cost of each meal and be home for the meal delivery.
Visit mowp.org to sign up or call 503-736-6325.
• 211 can help you navigate through the resources that work best for you and your family to receive food assistance from a network of food pantries.
Food resources for
children 18 and younger
• Visit summerfoodoregon.org/map for a map of all locations serving free breakfast and lunch to kids in Gresham.
• Estacada Area Food Bank, 272 Broadway St.
The Estacada Area Food Bank is open to community members from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays for families with a student in the Estacada School District and 4 to 6 p.m. for all. Customers will check in outside and have their orders taken using a checklist of items before a volunteer brings their items to them. For more information and online ordering, visit estacadafoodbank.org.
Community members can receive food from the St. Vincent de Paul program at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. For more information, visit mjaparishescluster.org/contact-st-aloysius.
For all Oregonians:
• Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
You could qualify for food assistance and nutrition resources if you've lost income or if you're pregnant, a new mom, or have a baby or young children under 5 years old. Open to fathers, guardians and foster parents who can apply on behalf of their children.
In Sandy, contact Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), 38872 Proctor Blvd., Sandy, clackamas.us/publichealth/wic.html, 503-655-8476.
• Those eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can now use them to buy groceries online from Walmart and Amazon.
If your work hours are reduced or you lose your job, you may become eligible for SNAP if you meet eligibility requirements. You can apply for SNAP benefits online at ohp.oregon.gov.
If you don't have internet access, DHS workers are still available to serve people. Clackamas County's offices are located at 6440 S.E. 82nd Drive, Clackamas, and 315 S. Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. There also is an office in East Multnomah County at 11826 N.E. Glisan St., Portland.
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