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 pantry started in 2001 when Snow-Cap Community Charities moved its food pantry from the house in downtown Gresham to Northeast 178th Avenue and Stark Street.
It's in the same building as the kitchen, just in the basement. It is open for two hours longer than the kitchen -- from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open every weekday except Tuesday.
People getting food must live east of 181st Avenue, must show identification for all adults in the family, and go through a short interview that asks about other assistance they may be receiving. Food is allocated based on the size of the person's family.
After the interview, the person gets a shopping cart or box and a volunteer escorts them around the pantry, making sure they get the correct amount of food.
Because of the volume of people it helps -- 1,000 individuals a month -- the pantry buys most of its food by the pound from the Oregon Food Bank. We accept food and cash donations. Donations increase, especially during the winter, from schools, businesses, civic groups and individuals.
It takes five to seven volunteers to run the pantry each day. We are glad to have extra volunteers each day to help with the various jobs.
Ways to help stock Zarephath Pantry
- 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.