Who can receive services?
Anyone in need is provided service. Some people
are homeless, some live solely on social security,
some are without work and others make only the
Some applicants are single people and some are
large families. All need help in keeping hunger
from the door.
Clients can receive services one time per
calendar month with proof of physical residence.
Only two criteria must be met: 1) the applicant
must have a total, monthly income that is less than
the maximum amounts established by the U. S.
Dept. of Agriculture and, 2) the applicant must
live within the communities of Colton, Eagle Creek
or Estacada. Homeless people will also be
served. All applicant information is confidential.
What sorts of services do we provide?
Our main function is to provide food to people
who would otherwise be hungry. The food bank is
open two days every week for five hours each
day. On average, we have 24 families visit us each
day we are open.
We also provide limited emergency assistance for
housing, transportation, energy assistance and
In addition, at Christmas time, the Estacada Area
Food Bank operates programs that make sure that
everyone can enjoy the holiday season.
The Adopt-A-Family program matches volunteer
families with needy families. In a sense the
families in need are adopted and provided gifts
based on the needs of the particular family. This
past Christmas, 72 area families were adopted by
72 other families in the community who gave an
estimated $15,000 worth of clothing, tools,
blankets, books, hygiene items, cleaning supplies
etc. This program is run by volunteers and,
therefore, has no cost.
The food bank also makes sure that everyone
wanting a Christmas dinner receives it. We do this
by distributing a box of food that is similar to what
a typical family would have for Christmas. Some of
this food is purchased and some is donated.
The food bank participates in KGW’s annual Toy
Drive. Most of the work in wrapping and
distributing presents for the community’s kids was
handled by a local church. Many kids received
presents that might not have been able to.
All the work at the food bank is done by dedicated
“Hunger is a circumstance in which an individual
unwillingly goes without food for an intermittent or
extended period of time.” USDA