SW HOPE: Feed the Hungry
Since 2007, Neighborhood House has held the SW HOPE community food drive to combat the sharp decline in food donations that occurs after the new year begins. We partner with local faith communities, businesses, and schools to keep the spirit of generosity flowing in order to fully stock the shelves of the Neighborhood House Food Pantry.
This year looks a little different due to COVID-19, so be sure to read below about the best ways to help!
Community Food Drive March 1-April 10, 2021
What is the Food Pantry?
Neighborhood House operates the largest food pantry on Portland’s west side, providing emergency food boxes to more than 1,400 individuals every month. In 2020, the Pantry tripled its normal capacity due to COVID-19 and has shifted to a delivery-only model to bring customized food boxes right to peoples’ homes.
What is our goal?
This year, we hope to collect $50,000 (or the 200,000 lbs equivalent) to serve the ever-increasing number of families who come to Neighborhood House looking for assistance with their basic food needs. This amount of food can sustain our neighbors for three months, allowing them to focus on other necessities, such as finding employment or improving their job skills. As people face the repercussions of economic crisis due to COVID, the number of food insecure households in Oregon has grown to nearly 1 in 4.
SW HOPE 2021 EVENT DATES
*Indicates virtual event
*Kick off & Give Week
March 1 – March 5
Help us start this year’s SW HOPE off right and join us for 5 days of giving. We aim to raise $10,000 toward our $50,000 goal. Can we count on your support?
Take Out to Donate Nights
Enjoy some delicious, local take-out while giving back! 10% of all proceeds go directly towards SW HOPE.
Tuesday, March 9 – Salvador Molly’s Hillsdale
Tuesday, March 23 – Shalom Y’all SW
Sunday, March 28 – Yalla (Multnomah Village)
Tuesday, April 6 – Mediterranean Exploration Company
*Food Insecurity Panel
Thursday, March 18 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Interested in learning more about why the Pantry is so essential? Join us for an expert panel on food insecurity in Portland, its roots, and what we can do to help. Suggested donation of $10-$15 for SW HOPE.
- Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran
- Jim Cooper, Food Pantry Manager
- Wajdi Said and Jawad Khan from Muslim Educational Trust
- Eric Wiser from OHSU
Drive-up to Donate
Saturday, April 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Southwest Community Center (6820 SW 45th Ave)
We need your help! Drive up and donate food or cash and be entered in a raffle to win a gift certificate! Hosted by Southwest Hills Kiwanis Club in celebration of their 75th anniversary.
Hillsdale Community Church, UCC is holding weekly drive up to donate events (March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3) from 10-11am at 6948 SW Capitol Hwy)
*SW HOPE 5K
Back again this year, the SW HOPE 5K is looking to be better than ever! We’re going virtual, which means that you can run “with others” at a distance, or run at your convenience anytime from April 5-11.
Cost: $30 for adults; $10 for kids
T-shirt size guaranteed until March 8
Thinker Toys Fundraisers
April 7 – 10% off purchase with a food pantry donation
April 9 – 10% of Thinker Toys sales donated to SW HOPE
How can I help?
COVID-19 health concerns have impacted the SW Hope campaign in a major way. While we are excited to hold virtual or safe in-person events, cash donations are currently the best way to support your hungry neighbors. You can donate food or money to help us reach our goal. Cash is the most effective way to support our work as every $1 you give equals four pounds of healthy and nutritional food for the Food Pantry, thanks to our partnership with the Oregon Food Bank. If you want to support hungry community members during these trying times, please consider giving online or via check.
You can give by making your check out to:
7780 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
memo: SW Hope
Or give online by clicking the button below.
Please help those in need.
In addition, food donations are gratefully accepted at any of our SW HOPE faith or community partners, or you can bring items to our Food Pantry at 3445 SW Moss Street in Multnomah Village. Click here for a list of most-needed items!
SW HOPE Food Donation Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-noon
Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Don’t forget to mention that your donation is for SW HOPE!
OUR PARTNERS IN HOPE
First Unitarian Portland
Greater Portland Bible Church
Hillsdale Community Church, UCC
Mt. Carmel Lutheran
Multnomah Presbyterian Church
Muslim Educational Trust
Portland Community Church
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
St. Luke Lutheran
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (NW)
Vermont Hills United Methodist Church
West Hills Covenant Church
Capitol Hill Public Library
Hillsdale Public Library
Key Bank, Hillsdale
Key Bank, Raleigh Hills
Starbucks Multnomah Village
SW Community Center
Timber & Rose Realty
Vermont Hills Family Life Center