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St. Juan Diego St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

by St. Juan Diego Conference, St. Vincent de Paul Portland Council
St. Juan Diego St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

In March we served 138 families during the 14 days the pantry was open.  These families included 267 adults and 387 children.  11,900 pounds of food was given to them.  These families self-report that they are eligible for USDA food because of their low income. 

We provided weekend food in backpacks for 43 children from two grade schools for a total of 786 pounds.  

We worked with the Oregon Food Bank to receive free food and we purchased food from them.  We picked up out-dated food from several grocery stores.  We also purchase food from grocery stores.

We provided $600 in rental assistance and $437.61 in utility assistance during the month of March.

Eighteen volunteers donated 178 hours of their time in various ways: working at the pantry, picking up food from the Oregon Food Bank and from several grocery stores.  Volunteers also interviewed recipients of our donations of rental and utility assistance.

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During the month of December 2016 the pantry was open eleven days (less than usual due to holidays and weather).  We gave food to 129 families, 330 adults and 236 children.  We also provided rental assistance of $300 and $470 in utility assistance.  We delivered backpacks to two schools that provided  food for the weekend for 40 children.  We gave out 30 Christmas boxes with special holiday foods and a $20 gift card for each member of the family.  Twenty five volunteers donated 146 hours in various ways.  We worked with the Oregon Food Bank to receive both free food and purchased food.  We picked up out-dated food from several grocery stores.  When the stores had more bread than we can used we delivered it to locations serving free meals.  Some volunteers worked directly with our clients.

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During the Month of November we were open three  days each week for a total of ten days.  We were not open during the Thanksgiving weekend.  We served 107 families (285 adults and 183 children) and distributed 8,190 pounds of food.  We also delivered food boxes to four families who were physically incapable of coming to the pantry.  

So far in the month of December we have provided $300 in rent assistance and $320 in utility assistance.  

We are in the process of providing 30 families that consistently come to he pantry with Christmas food boxes that include $20 for each family member so the family can buy Christmas presents for each member.

 

We provided backpacks for thirty five children at McKinley School and five children at McKinley School.  The backpacks consist of two days food for the children to eat on the weekend.  The schools provide us with the names of children who are coming to school hungry on Monday morning.

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During the month of August 2016 the St Juan Diego, St Vincent de Paul food pantry served 125 families consisting of 319 adults and 206 children.  These families received a total of 9185 pounds of much needed food.  We made four deliveries of food to families unable to travel to our pantry.

In September we have again begun to gear up our backpack program for hungry young school kids.  We are starting the school year by providing food for 25 kids at McKinley Elementary School and three kids at Springville Elementary School.

Additionally in August we provided two families with $400 in rent assistance, which helped them remain in their homes. To date in September we have provided three other families with a total of $522 in rent and $300 in utility assistance.  We thank all of you for your generosity, which helps us sustain our mission to help local families in need!

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During the month of May 2016 the St Juan Diego, St Vincent de Paul food pantry was able to serve 137 families consisting of 356 adults and 259 children.  These families received a total of 10,455 pounds of much needed food.  We made two deliveries of food to families unable to travel to our pantry.  We ended the school year serving 47 hungry kids at McKinley and Springville Elementary schools.

Additionally in May we provided two families with $600 in rent assistance, which allowed them to stay in their homes.  To date during the month of June, rental assistance requests have increased dramatically.  In that time we have helped five families with rental assistance totalling $1850.  We thank you all so much for your generosity, which contributes significantly to our mission!

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St. Juan Diego Conference, St. Vincent de Paul Portland Council

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Bob Taylor
Project Leader:
Bob Taylor
Portland, Oregon United States

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