2021 Fall Impact Report
Expanding our reach
What’s the secret recipe for a healthy, nourished community? How can we increase our impact? These are questions we’ve pondered over the years, and especially over the last several months.
Since you’ve supported Clackamas Service Center by donating your money, your time, or both, we know these kinds of questions are on your mind, too. Thanks to the steadfast support of this community, we’ve taken a huge leap this fall, and launched our new Food Hub!
Our original location’s small food storage space just wasn’t cutting it – we were bursting at the seams trying to fit every apple and can of soup in our 1,500 square foot basement.
You may have heard rumors, or caught the announcement at our Harvesting Hope fundraiser: in September, we signed the lease on Clackamas Service Center’s second location, adding an incredible 8,000 square feet of space for food operations!
At our new location, we’ve installed walk-in refrigeration and shelving, and with a few more warehouse upgrades scheduled in the coming months, we’re going to be able to reach so many more people! To start, we expect to double the number of households we serve by this time next year.
With your support, we’ve hired two new staff to assist Tabitha in overseeing warehouse operations. Our new warehouse managers came to us with experience and connections that have already increased our access to food and clothing donations, and are building relationships with communities we’re now better equipped to work with, such as refugees and farmworkers.
Continuing school programs and houseless support services
Our school food programs are going strong, and even expanding. We’re collaborating with Clackamas High School’s Key Club to provide groceries for their Winter Blitz program, which shares a one-time drop of food, hygiene items, and toys with families who’ve requested help this holiday season.
Meanwhile, at our longtime location on 80th Avenue, we cater services to our unhoused community by offering meals, self-select groceries, showers, and clothing. With the additional space in the basement, we’re excited to offer more private, one-on-one support.
All of this is possible thanks to incredible supporters like you! Thank you for all you do to make our community healthier, safer, and kinder.
P.S. We’re getting to the point where we can offer small, distanced tours of the new warehouse! Watch your inbox for opportunities to come by, or reach out to us and we’ll make a date for you to visit.
Our deepest thanks to Classic Business Printing Services for donating paper, ink, and time for the physical version of this newsletter.
BY THE NUMBERS
On average, each of the last six months we:
Made 325 home food deliveries
Distributed 151 food boxes at school sites
Served 1,374 meals
Gifted clothing to 302 people
Gave away 265 bags of groceries during meals
Provided 117 showers
Helped partner agencies support 3,200 additional households