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Those enduring economic hardship have numerous local options to receive help

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Sandy Community Action Center is offering drive-thru style food box pickups. Call to get on the list. The COVID-19 crisis has caused not only health but also economic concerns for many. 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 those in the Sandy, Boring and Mount Hood communities

Sandy, Boring, Mount Hood area:

Sandy Community Action Center, 38982 Pioneer Blvd., 503-668-4746 or

The pantry is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Those in need of a visit are advised to make an appointment by calling the center, but reservations are not required.

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.

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

Neighborhood Missions — Hoodland Senior Center

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, 65000 Highway 26, Welches. The next event is still scheduled to take place Monday, Aug, 31.

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.

Sandy's Helping Hands

Volunteers with SHH are taking calls every day to help those in need in any way possible. Call 503-710-1082, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit to inquire about possible assistance.

n St. Michael's Catholic Church

18090 S.E. Langensand Road, Sandy


n Sandy Assembly of God Church

39800 Highway 26 Sandy


n 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.

n 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 to make a request.

Visit to learn more about the church or how to lend a hand.

Gresham and East Multnomah County:

SnowCap Community Charities

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. Those seeking food assistance at SnowCap will be asked to provide proof of address dated within the past 30 days, either as a physical copy or electronically.

To receive assistance:

n Come to SnowCap, 17788 S.E. Pine St., Portland. Minimum to no contact is needed. One person at a time per family allowed. Hours at

n Get a food box delivered to your home. Operation Gresham Connected is helping with deliveries; leave a message at 503-618-2111, request online at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, contact 503-674-8785 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Food resources for children 18 and younger

Visit for a map of all locations serving free breakfast and lunch to kids in Gresham.

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 or call 503-251-5431 to meet with the financial counselor. A monthly service fee and volunteer hours are required.

Meals on Wheels

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 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.

Call 211, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text your ZIP code to 898211. Information also ois nline at


Estacada Area Food Bank

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

Additionally, the Estacada Public Library will host a series of free book giveaways for readers 18 and younger at the food bank. Events are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 5 and 12.

St. Vincent de Paul

Community members can receive food from the St. Vincent de Paul program at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 192 N.W. Third Ave., on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. For more information, visit

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.

To apply, call 503-988-3503. You will need ID, proof of income and proof you are an Oregon resident. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In Sandy, contact Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), 38872 Proctor Blvd., Sandy,, 503-655-8476.

SNAP online

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

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.

If you know of a resource that is available in the Sandy, Gresham, Estacada area that is not listed, feel free to email reporter Brittany Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll work to update our list.

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