Helping Hands needs warehouse to store food for those in need
Wanted: Around 2,100 square feet to store everything from countless boxes of nonperishable food, a refrigerator and freezer (or two) and loads of backpack meals to make sure kids in need don't get hungry over the long weekend.
Cost? Free would be nice but willing to negotiate. Ideally in Sherwood. Contact Helping Hands. 503-625-7744.
That's the kind of ad Gerry and Dottie Edy, coordinators of the Helping Hands food pantry, want Sherwood residents to read as the organization searches for new space to store all kinds of foodstuffs for their organization, which helps individuals and families trying to keep their heads above water.
While the organization, whose main office and distribution service are inside Sherwood United Methodist Church, has been given free warehouse space in a Newberg warehouse for the last six years, that relationship is ending soon because the facility is being sold.
"What we'd like is we're looking for a warehouse in Sherwood (or) around Sherwood, that's close and more convenient," said Gerry Edy, who along with Dottie, have been involved in the Helping Hands program for at least the last 16 or so years.
In addition to the current Newberg facility, Helping Hands also rents space at Sherwood's Sentinel Storage to keep items needed for the Backpacks for Kids program, a once-a-week program where children's backpacks are filled with kid-friendly food to tied them (and members of their family) over for the weekend).
Currently, the program serves about 100 students each week.
Meanwhile, Helping Hands is gearing up for the beginning of its holiday food collection, which traditionally begins the first week in November. At Thanksgiving and Christmas an estimated 120 food boxes containing a whole turkey and all the trimmings are distributed to those in need.
And it's during the third Saturday of the month that those who need food boxes filled with nonperishable foods, as well as milk, eggs, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables and frozen meat (the latter which comes compliments of the Oregon Food Bank) receive them at Sherwood United Methodist Church. (Willowbrook Food Pantry and St. Francis Catholic Church Social Action Committee have food pantries as well.)
The upcoming Give n' Gobble, Sherwood's Thanksgiving Day run and walk, provides the bulk of the food pantry's annual funding. That event also brings in donated food from the runners and walkers. (See related article.)
"We end up with close to 10,000 pounds of food," said Gerry Edy.
He said the space doesn't have to be as big as the current 2,100-square-foot facility and not necessarily free of rent, but ideally it could be leased at a "brother-in-law" price. "All offers are going to looked at," said Gerry Edy.