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Deliver food boxes to needy Portlanders with me on 12/15

November 29, 2007

Food boxesOne of the holiday traditions we had when I was a kid was sorting food and then delivering food boxes to needy families throughout Portland with the Sunshine Division. My mom works for the Portland Police Bureau, and at the time she was a 911 dispatcher. Delivering food boxes was a creative and fun way for us to figure out the city, which was a requirement for my mom in her training program during our first winter in Portland. Mom drove, I looked up addresses in our Thomas Guide, and my little brother provided entertainment by singing along to Duran Duran or the Pointer Sisters on Z100. (We’re talking late 80s here – what do you expect?)

This year I’m taking up the tradition again and I’m delivering food boxes on the morning of Saturday, December 15th. Tonight I received an email from the Sunshine Division’s volunteer coordinator, Britt Rosenberg. She asked me to pass this along to you in case you are free:

Holiday Food Box Delivery Day is December 15th. This will be the Sunshine Division’s 84th year packing and delivering holiday food boxes to families and individuals in need in Portland! The Sunshine Division, with the help of volunteers, will be delivering 4,000 holiday food boxes complete with everything a family would need to make a traditional holiday meal! We begin delivering the boxes at 8 am and continue delivering until the boxes are gone. Folks who are interested in helping out can stop by the Sunshine Division’s warehouse (687 N.Thompson St. 97227) anytime between 7 am and 10 am that day to pick up boxes.

Volunteers drive to our warehouse back door and we have staff members and volunteers load up the cars with the number of boxes the family or individual would like to deliver. Volunteers can deliver as many boxes as they wish. Volunteers also choose which part of the city they would like to go to. We then give them address cards for each household. We ask volunteers to bring their own map of Portland to find the houses.

The recipients are asked to have someone home between 8 am and 2pm to receive their boxes. Volunteers, after they deliver the boxes, will come back to the warehouse and drop off any undeliverable boxes and the address cards. When boxes are delivered, the recipients must sign the cards, so we ask volunteers to bring back the cards to the Sunshine Division so we know which of our clients received their boxes that day. If they don’t receive their box that day, they will be able to pick up their boxes on the following Monday.

We will utilize the help of hundreds of volunteer drivers and police bureau personnel to get these 4,000 food boxes out to families in need. We need all the volunteers we can get!! This is a great event to participate in as a family or small group of friends. Volunteers always report that this is a very positive experience for them. Please pass this information on to anyone/everyone who might be interested!!

To get in touch with Britt, call (503)823-2116 or email her at Delivering food boxes is quite rewarding, and it puts you directly in touch with a range of people who are having a hard time getting by right here in the Portland area. As a young kid, it really opened my eyes to the struggle of people living with HIV/AIDS, seniors, large families impacted by unemployment, and other people in need. And it felt great to bring a human touch to the quite substantial box of food brought to their door.

Give it a try! If delivering food boxes really isn’t your style, there are plenty of other good things to do around the community this winter.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim McLaughlin permalink
    December 13, 2007 12:05 pm

    Dear Stumptown Girl:

    I’d love to cite an excerpt from your Sunshine Div. post in a brief newsy piece I’m drafting quickly for the Portland Observer. If you want to be credited, how?

    BTW, love your blog, its look, your writing, everything. You’re a compelling storyteller.

    –Tim (SD communications mgr.–direct 503.823.2347, cell 503.502.0102)

  2. Britt permalink
    March 14, 2008 12:58 pm

    Hey stumptown girl!

    I’m worried about you! are you ok? we are all concerned since we haven’t heard from you…

    please give us a call! 503.823.2116

  3. Larry McClintock permalink
    September 30, 2008 12:02 pm

    We are going to be giving out food boxes to help several families over Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is a program through our church. We are trying to determine how much is needed for a family of 4 and a family of 6. We are not sure how much to put in them for the families.

    If you could help shed some light on this I would be greatful
    Thank you

  4. jody starr permalink
    November 24, 2008 1:42 pm

    can you tell where someone would go to sign up for a food box, my daughter has an extreme need.

    thank you

  5. May 13, 2013 12:32 pm

    Obviously food delivery portland oregon is an issue lots of people are using for many different reasons. I think we offer a worthwhile variation on this through our dinner delivery service.

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