Metropolitan Family Service helps families with much-needed free food

PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – It’s the day the Metropolitan Family Service and their food pantry are set up on the grounds of Parklane Elementary School.

At a time when costs are rising so rapidly, many families are having to make tough spending choices.

“Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen our numbers pretty much double and have been pretty flat lately,” said Helen Vank, Metropolitan Family Service program manager. “As food and gas prices rise, we’ve seen an increase in the number of people coming into our pantries and needing the extra food support we provide.”

Some people who will come here have students who go to school, others are just from the neighborhood.

Some need food every week, but Metropolitan Food Service says about 10% of the people they see every week are new to this outdoor pantry.

“We have a lot of regulars who are used to it, used to the stream, but there are always new people who are really excited, ‘Oh it’s free? It’s available? said volunteer Vivian Matthews. “So yeah, new customers are always excited and grateful to be here.”

About half of the foods on offer are fresh produce and with the model, families can choose exactly what they want.

“We’re going to set up and people can walk through and take whatever items they want and use,” Vank said.

Open to everyone, no questions asked, more information is available here.

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Christy J. Olson