Gladstone Food Pantry

The volunteer-run Gladstone Food Pantry provides families with the nutrition needed for good health, family stability, and children’s success in school. All are welcome.

Foods available include meat, milk, eggs, butter, bread, canned and boxed foods, breakfast cereal, frozen foods, snacks, and fresh produce. Those in need are invited to visit once a week.

Who we serve: The Gladstone Food Pantry welcomes any person in need of food. No identification required. Customers are welcome to visit once a week. Please bring your own reusable grocery bags. We are an equal opportunity provider.

Hours:
Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon

Location:  the north side of the Gladstone High School [18800 Portland Avenue] campus off Nelson Lane. Follow the signs to the food pantry, near the school garden & greenhouse.
Print a Map [English]
Print a Map [Spanish] 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Ruthan Aurentz or Alex Van Pelt at 503-496-3947.

Donations are appreciated, including garden produce! Please deliver to the pantry during open hours or to the Gladstone High office on school days, Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteer Food Safety Training Video
In English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vE_lloeAy8&t=14s
En Espanol:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKjy89ol67s&t=62s
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Gladstone Food Pantry re-opens August 16
After closing June 16 due to school district funding cuts, the Gladstone Food Pantry will reopen under volunteer leadership on August 16. Since 2014, the pantry has served more than 7,000 people per year. Over 35 percent are children or teens, and 23 percent are seniors.

“I’ve been volunteering at the food pantry for 3 years,” said co-leader Ruthann Aurentz. “During that time, our volunteers and clients became a family, so we were sad when we had to close in June. We’ve worked hard to reorganize, and I’m delighted we can reopen so soon. I can’t wait to see my old friends!”

The pantry is located on the Gladstone High School campus off Nelson Lane. Starting August 16 it will open to customers Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Through partnerships with the Oregon Food Bank, Bob’s Red Mill, and Dave’s Killer Bread, the pantry will again provide a shopping experience where families can choose produce, meat, frozen foods, bread, milk, and canned goods to meet their needs. More than 55 volunteers are regular contributors to the project.

“We live in the most prosperous country in the world. There is no reason why people should go hungry here,” said co-leader Alex Van Pelt. “I volunteer at the pantry because I can help my neighbors facing food insecurity get access to healthy foods. I volunteer with my children because I want them to have compassion for others. The best part is seeing the wonderful people who come in and their smiling faces when they leave.”

Community members are working to raise $25,000 needed to hire a part time manager. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to the Gladstone Education Foundation, 17789 Webster Road, Gladstone, OR 97027. [Indicate “Food Pantry” on the subject line.]

Partners include:
• Vocational Skills students from Gladstone High School
• GHS National Honor Society
• Oregon Food Bank
• Dave’s Killer Bread
• Bob’s Red Mill
• Gladstone Education Foundation
• Food Waves
• Gladstone Public Library
• Gladstone Ministerial Association
• Gladstone School District
• Dozens of community volunteers
• Local gardeners and food donors

Nondiscrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; by fax at (202) 690-7442; or by email at program.intake@usda.gov.