A USDA grant has made it possible for Oregon families to get FREE produce, dairy or combo boxes which will be distributed at Archdiocese of Portland Catholic Churches throughout Oregon. The Archdiocese has also partnered with several other faith-based organizations, local food pantries, civic organizations and homeless shelters.
As the COVID-19 pandemic grips Oregon, many are struggling to meet their basic needs and adjust to rapidly changing access to everything from grocery stores to medical attention. And for about 400,000 now-jobless Oregonians, being able to afford food is a new reality. Many others struggle with isolation and can't travel to their local grocery store. The USDA food box program ensures that lack of financial resources, transportation, isolation and grocery store scarcity do not create a barrier to fresh food.
In order to expedite the delivery of food to Oregonians as quickly and efficiently as possible, USDA has partnered with Pacific Coast Fruit to provide 275,000 food boxes per month. In order to make that happen, Pacific Coast Fruit has partnered with the Archdiocese of Portland to distribute boxes to the needy of our state through June 30, 2020. If the program is successful, USDA may elect to extend the program depending upon program success and available remaining funds.
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