Mobile food pantry rolls into Parkrose

Once a month, the SnowCap Community Charities mobile food pantry calls on the Celilo Court apartments at 4633 N.E. 95th Ave., to deliver to needy families.

The food service also serves Prescott Elementary school on an on-call basis, according to Anniece Foster, who is in charge of SnowCap’s highly-organized mobile food pantry service. “We are alert to immediate needs and can respond right away to requests from the school,” Foster said. “It is rewarding for all concerned to be able to provide healthy, nutritious food to a family in need.”

Courtesy Danni Mooney
Natalie Chong, left, counselor at Prescott Elementary, and Anniece Foster, manager of the SnowCap Community Charities mobile food pantry service prepare a box of non-perishable food items so Chong can respond when the need arises.

School counselor Natalie Chong agrees and plays a pivotal role in getting a SnowCap prepared food box into homes of families who are facing hunger. “It’s really nice to be able to say, ‘Hey, I can help with that’ when a mother comes to inquire about food assistance,” Chong said.

The mobile pantry program is an overwhelmingly popular mainstay in SnowCap’s childhood hunger program, Foster says.

In addition to serving clients in the Parkrose area, SnowCap delivers family food boxes to four other elementary schools and 10 public housing projects every month. More than 900 persons are serviced, 60 percent are children.

“The mobile food program reaches families in need who may have barriers of transportation or child care issues that precluded them from visiting SnowCap for regular pantry service,” Foster added.

SnowCap Community Charities is a philanthropic organization created to provide food boxes, clothing, advocacy and other services to the poor in most of east Multnomah County, including the communities of Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale and the Parkrose area.

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