Zarephath Kitchen and Pantry is a community outreach program housed in Gresham, Oregon providing food for low-income families and the homeless in the Gresham, Oregon area. The kitchen feeds 150 meals a day Monday through Friday. We also serve meals on Sunday. We would like to be open on Saturday too, but do not have the staff necessary to make that happen yet.
The kitchen is dominated by a big worktable with volunteers chattering and kidding one another as they make lunch. The dining room, which stretches across the front of the house, seats 32. On busy days, people wait in the hallway for a seat to clear.
Anyone needing a hot meal is served, with no criteria for admittance, no identification required and no limit on how often a person may come. Volunteers say the busiest days are in the second half of the month, when many clients run out of or try to stretch food stamps.
History of the Kitchen
The kitchen served its first meal on Christmas Day, 1985. Only a month later it grew to three meals a week, and by June 1986 it expanded to five. Nine churches were responsible for Zarephath in the early days. They organized their volunteers and picked days to cook, serve and clean. Over the years more volunteers from the community have joined our staff. Today we have as many as 300 regular volunteers - including school students, church groups and community members.
Ways to help stock Zarephath Kitchen
- Hold a food drive at your place of work or worship
- Make an individual or monthly contribution
- Come to one of our fundraising events
- Hold your own fundraiser
- Make a memorial gift in honor of a loved one
Any one of our 10 Zarephath Board members would be happy to sit down and discuss the many options to work with them all, to benefit their mission of providing food for people in need in Gresham, OR. Contact Zarephath today.