In the Spring of 2011, 6 SUN Community School (SUN CS) emergency food pantries were launched in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank (OFB) and other SUN CS agencies and community partners.

Two more began in Winter and Spring of 2013 at Cesar Chavez K-8 and David Douglas High School.

In October 2013, Multnomah County allocated funds for 2 more pantries. Reynolds Middle School opened in Feb. 2014 and Madison High School opened in early May. As of October 2014, 8 additional pantries have begun weekly emergency food distributions, bringing the total to 14.

The pantries are part of the SUN Service System (SUN) Child and Family Hunger Relief Project.

What They Provide

The pantries provide families with at least 50 pounds (3-5 days) of nutritious emergency food for weekend, evening and other non-school days when access to other food sources such as child nutrition programs is limited. 

A typical per family distribution ranges from 60-70 pounds which equals enough food for about 48 meals.

These efforts help ease the troubling effects of hunger and anxiety families may face when other food sources are unavailable or impossible to purchase due to economic circumstances.

Major Accompolishments?

Since April of 2011 the 14 SUN / OFB Emergency Food Pantries have:

  • Served over 17,200 households
  • Provided food for over 736,900 emergency meals for children and families 
  • Leveraged 9,300 volunteer hours.

Where are They Located?

The 14 SUN/OFB emergency food pantries are located at: