Supplemental Food for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Apr 6, 2011

Esther's Pantry and Tod's Corner - An update

Food Drive
Food Drive

Over the past 12 months, we have served more clients than ever.  People use the services of Esther's Pantry and Tod's Corner to avoid the stigma that still exists for people with HIV and AIDS.  They are able to supplement their low incomes by choosing food, clothing or household items for their household.  Listed below are the statistics of clients served:

675 total clients served, which includes 6 non-HIV clients

2511 Food Boxes given out

1418 client visits to Tod’s Corner, pet care, ID requests, etc.

 Gender:               88% Male; 11% Female; 1% Other

 Ethnicity:             71% Caucasian; 10% African American; 9% Hispanic; 4% Native American; 4% Other

 Age:                       2% 65 and older; 29% 50-64; 43% 40-49; 17% 30-39; 7% 20-29; 2% unknown

 Monthly Averages:

 New Esther’s clients       12

Returning Esther’s           197

 New Tod’s Corner clients             8

Returning Tod’s Corner clients   90

Other services new clients           5

Returning Other Services client 15

 Unduplicated clients       232

 Pounds of Food              3060

 Volunteer Hours              301

From a donor....

Esther’s Pantry, a program of Our House, is an obvious choice for me when selecting worthy community not-for-profit organizations to support. Our House is clearly a mission-driven, direct service agency that puts a lot of care and thought into the manner in which they deliver health and human services. The fact that Esther’s Pantry allows clients to select their own food has always impressed me. It’s indicative of offering clients much more than food -- offering them choice and dignity. When you’re living with HIV/AIDs, there’s much that can seem out of one’s control. The ability to put food on your table that meets your cultural, dietary and family interests, not only meets some needs, but brings some relief and peace of mind. That’s great for the health and well-being of clients. That’s a holistic approach. That’s Our House.”

Esther's Pantry and Tod's Corner are located at 3315 SE Harrison, Suite A, Milwaukie, OR 97222


Jan 18, 2011

Continuum of Care at Our House

Soup Contest for Esther
Soup Contest for Esther's at Hip Chicks do Wine

The supplemental food program is an integral part of the Our House Continuum of Care. 

Since 1988, Our House has impacted the lives of over 1,350 people with AIDS. We are the only such program to offer on-site care for people living with HIV/AIDS in Oregon and southwest Washington. Services range from regular in-home visits by clinical staff to 24-hour residential skilled nursing services and a community food pantry. We have over 200 volunteers.  Our programs include:

  • Our House - a specialized residential care facility for those in need of 24-hour nursing care
  • Swan House - an adult foster care home with a caregiver that provides care-giving services to the residents
  • Neighborhood Housing and Care Program (NHCP) that provides critical nursing, social services, and occupational therapy to those that are living independently in the community to help them maintain their independence and housing
  • Esther's Pantry and Tod's Corner that provide free food and household items to those low income people who need to supplement

This year Our House has received some prestigious awards for our work:

  • For two years in a row we have been named one of the 100 best nonprofits to work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine
  • In 2010 we were awarded the Long Term Care Innovative Practice Program by the Oregon Department of Human Services for the Neighborhood Housing and Care Program (NHCP). This recognizes NHCP improves upon existing practice of long term care and positively impacts quality of life and care and can be replicated in other settings
  • In September 2010, Executive Director, Wayne Miya was honored by the Oregon Health Care Association with the 2010 Leadership Award in recognition of his commitment people living with HIV/AIDS. 

 “AIDS is still here and it should be just as plain as day as cancer--” Our House client. Despite falling out of the headlines, more people than ever live with HIV/AIDS and new infections are diagnosed each year in Oregon. According to the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Nearly 5,000 Oregonians live with the disease and approximately 57% were residents of Multnomah County at the time of their case report.
    • There are an additional estimated 2,700 unreported cases throughout the state.
    • There are 300 new cases and 100 deaths each year.

 The food and basic needs program provides vital services to those in need in our community. All of our clients are low income and considered disabled, 79% have a history of mental illness issues and 10% have a history of chronic homelessness. As the number of cases of HIV continues to rise, and the morbidity falls, there are more people than ever living with HIV.

 Individuals who access Tod's Corner and Esther's Pantry struggle to get by and often have to make a choice between buying groceries and paying for other critical services such as medication or the heating bill. In addition because of the stigma that exists around HIV/AIDS, many of our clients are afraid to go to any other food bank and will travel significant distances to access our services. Esther's Pantry and Tod's Corner enable these clients to pick out food/personal needs items and stay as healthy and independent as possible. This allows them to focus on other areas of their life without having the added stress of whether they'll have enough money to eat. Without access to nutritional food, their health can destabilize and there is much greater risk of needing to enter a supportive care facility.

Over the past few months, our food donations have increased significantly because of the help of two major grocery stores that donate excess food.  Even with the additional donations, however, we are still spending more to meet the always increasing demand for good nutritional food, and necessary personal items and household goods.

Integra Food Drive
Integra Food Drive


Oct 31, 2010

Esther's Pantry Update

Client visits per month
Client visits per month

Esther's Pantry minimizes the stigma that many HIV+ people feel when they are out in the community.  Here, they are not judged, but often form friendships with others who share the same issues.  There are 4000 people living with HIV in the Portland metro area, and many of those are below the poverty level and have ongoing need for our services.

Since May, 431 clients came through Esther’s; 62 of those were new clients (15% of total); 1033 food boxes distributed.  We expect over 700 clients will be served over the 12 month period. 

Esther's Pantry gets the majority of funding through individual grants and donations as well as donations of non-perishable food and personal items.  As the days get colder, it becomes increasingly important that our clients have enough to eat.  Especially as World AIDS Day approaches, we need to recognize that HIV has not gone away, and is still increasing at a rate of one new infection every 9 1/2 minutes.

Esther's Pantry

3315 SE Harrison, Suite A
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Donated Food
Donated Food
Esther's Client with Monthly Food Box


Jul 6, 2010

Supplemental Food Program

Since May, 278 people with HIV/AIDS have picked out groceries and personal care items. We have distributed a total of 418 boxes of food and our services continue to be a vital need for people living with HIV/AIDS in our community. We estimate over 700 people will be served this year.

As the number of cases of HIV continues to rise, and the morbidity falls, there are more people than ever living with HIV. Kimberly is an example of one client that has been going to Esther’s on and off for years. In the past year she went to Esther’s once a month to help supplement her food stamps and social security income. She noticed more people now access this program and emphasizes she only goes when she absolutely needs it. “Esther’s Pantry really helps me out, I can barely stretch my food stamps a month and this allows me to make meals at home and get stuff like meat which I usually can’t afford. Even though there are other food banks, I go to Esther’s because I feel comfortable there. I run into old friends and people I know. There are always volunteers to lift the boxes of food and help pick things out. I’m grateful it’s around.”

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Project Leader

James Lindquist

Portland, OR United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Supplemental Food for People Living with HIV/AIDS