The Archdiocese of Portland is part of distributing more than 20 million pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables and more to families in need throughout Oregon. The food, dairy, meat and produce, comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s coronavirus assistance program.

The program’s organizers anticipate that 810,000 produce and dairy boxes will reach 135,000 people in need every week in the state of Oregon.

“Food, family, and faith have always been the cornerstones of our lives, especially during times of crisis,” said Archbishop Alexander Sample. “We are grateful and humbled to be provide food to so many in need.”

The program’s goals are not only to supply food to those in need but also to keep farmers farming and to support a healthy food supply chain.

The first distribution centers are at St. Anthony Church in Tigard, at St. Vincent de Paul outlets in Salem, at Our Lady of Lavang in Northeast Portland, St. Matthew in Hillsboro, St. Edward in Keizer, St. Joseph the Worker in in Southeast Portland and Resurrection in Tualatin.

Pacific Coast Fruit of Portland has been awarded the local contract with the USDA, May 18 – June 30. The archdiocese will work together with other community partners, distributing food through parishes and partners. For the latest information about public distribution locations and times,click here 

A link for parishes, faith-based groups and nonprofit organizations to sign up to distribute boxes is also at that website.