Many Portland Oregon and Multnomah County families call upon St. Vincent de Paul. The non-profit charity organization will do what they can to help people who are struggling during these difficult economic times. While a focus is on meeting food, nutritional, and non-financial assistance needs, from time to time the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul may have money for paying rent, utilities, and other bills.
The federal government created and funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program is administered by the St. Vincent de Paul Portland agency. The council partners with the government, and they are an administrator of the CSFP program. The resource focuses on new mothers up to one year postpartum, low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, children up to age six, elderly people at least 60 years of age, infants and children. The main goal is to help qualified Multnomah County individuals improve their overall health by improving their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods, meals, and groceries. The federal government provides food and administrative funds to states and agencies like St. Vincent de Paul in order to supplement the diets of the low income families, seniors, and people who qualify. Read more on CSFP.
In order to be eligible, Portland Oregon applicants need to be low-income breastfeeding and pregnant women or new mothers. They are considered highly at risk if they do not have the food they need. Other key beneficiaries are infants, new mothers up to one year postpartum, children up to their sixth birthday, and seniors at least 60 years of age.
Some other qualifications include that participants cannot participate in the US Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at the same time they participate in CSFP, so they can only receive help from one or the other of these programs.
Portland Oregon St. Vincent de Paul Emergency Services program may be able to help with food, financial assistance, referrals, and more. The program is run by professional staff along with substantial support and assistance from volunteers in the St. Louise Conference. The conference volunteers and staff assist walk-in clients and answer incoming phone calls from households and families across the Metro region who need help during these challenging times.
A food pantry is offered as part of Emergency Services. The center is capable of supplying qualified people with up to a 3-5 day supply of free or low cost, healthy and well-balanced food.
Financial assistance may be provided. While limited, when sufficient funds are available, the charity may be able to assist with paying rent, utilities, travel and other types of emergency needs, such as medications. Walk-ins are required and aid is not provided over the phone.
As noted, St. Vincent de Paul is no longer taking utility and rent requests over the phone from Multnomah County families. People need to stop in and visit in person to the Emergency Services office. For an emergency rent assistance request, or any request, proof and documentation will be required. For example, the applicant will need to bring landlord information, including their first & last name, telephone number, and address. If you need help with paying utility or heating bills, bring a copy of your latest statement/bill.
Referrals and information is offered. The staff will assist families in getting connected and applying to government and state of Oregon aid such as senior nutrition programs, food stamp benefits, and WIC.
Food and meals are offered as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Recovery Network. This program collects over-produced food from local delis, restaurants, caterers, hospitals, supermarkets, and universities. This delicious and very nutritious food will be served daily in the mobile kitchen to Portland area individuals. The agency may also purchase items such as milk products, fresh fruit, vegetables, and shelf stable food to supplement each meal. The mobile kitchen is fully self contained. While limited, emergency food boxes may be delivered to rural communities in Multnomah County that are currently going without food or meals.
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