LIFT URBAN PORTLAND IN THE NEWS
Check out the article in The Oregonian discussing food security:
“January is a tough month for those who don't know where their next meal is coming from - and for those Oregon agencies that try to help. As holiday food drives and end-of-year-giving tax incentives wind down, so too do donations - especially in some of neediest parts of the state…”
"Preston's Pantry is one of the nonprofits that receives food distributions. On a mid-January day, Arnold Casey, 56, opens his stuffed grocery bag to reveal a jar of mayonnaise, meats fresh from the freezer, brightly colored produce, canned beans, and other staples.
Oregon has 21 regional food banks that distribute food to community partners. Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians rely on food-assistance organizations.
Casey has completed his once-a-month grocery shopping at the Northwest Portland pantry, operated by the anti-hunger nonprofit Lift Urban Portland. On disability due to a construction-job accident, his fixed income is $735. More than half -- $450 -- goes toward rent so food pantries are a vital service, he says.
He's happy with this day's offerings in the basement of First Immanuel Lutheran Church but notices pantries' shelves are better stocked in November and December. Still, he says, "I am so grateful to these pantries."
"We definitely appreciate the seasonal generosity around the holidays," said Erin Goldwater, incoming executive director of Lift Urban Portland. "But the need is always there -- January through December."
Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians like Casey who are food-insecure -- uncertain where their next meal is coming from - rely on food-assistance organizations.
The rest of the article can be found on the Oregonian website.
Bill Haug and Dave Richardson roll into our office every Friday morning with smiles on their faces. They are passionate cyclists, avid beer drinkers, and active in the community at Trinity Episcopal. Their role with Lift Urban Portland is to pick-up donated food from Trader Joe’s.
Yet they do so much more.
Often times there is so much food, it takes their skill to pack everything in our van. They agree to pick up food donation barrels sprinkled around the city, offer to assist with delivering food boxes on occasion, schlep our recycling to the recycle center, and then pack their car with garbage to dump. Despite the weather challenges (that often fell on Friday mornings), they always were committed to getting Trader Joe’s food on our pantry shelves.
If you see them out in the community, know that you are witnessing some of our most reliable volunteers committed to reducing hunger in NW and Downtown Portland.
Consider honoring them
by making a donation in their name.
1808 NW Irving Street
Portland OR 97209
TOP VOLUNTEER NEEDS
- Food Box Delivery Driver
Deliver food to home bound residents in NW and downtown Portland.
Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Food Donation Drivers
Drive your own vehicle or our van or assist drivers in picking up high quality food for our programs.
Host a Food Drive
Inspire your coworkers, neighbors, and classmates
to collect food for Preston's Pantry!
If you are interested in hosting a food drive, let us know! We can provide collection barrels, posters, and schedule pick up.
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