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    Food access is critical to healthy living. In Oregon, each county has programs available for reentrants. It is important to know what food resources are available to you to ensure your well-being as you navigate the reentry process. Each county has various forms of assistance that provide free hot meals and access to food pantries. You may also be eligible to access long-term food programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides nutritional assistance to low-income individuals. Understanding the resources that are available to you, both immediately upon release and on a long-term basis, will be critical in safeguarding your health as you secure stable housing, employment and other necessities.

    Short-Term Food Access

    There are several organizations within your community that can provide short-term or immediate help by offering on-site cooked meals or emergency food. If you need immediate food, these programs will meet your current nutritional needs while you apply for long-term assistance. The availability of these resources change frequently. As such, while we acknowledge that providing a list of specific resources would be helpful, it would not be accurate for long. See below for tools to find available food resources in your area.

    How do I find a meal or emergency food in my area?
    Oregon Food Bank’s Food Finder

    As you search for meals or emergency food in your county or community, the Oregon Food Bank is an excellent resource. The Oregon Food Bank is a statewide organization that collects food from various sources and distributes it to hundreds of hunger-relief agencies. Committed to providing fresh and healthy options, Oregon Food Bank strives to eliminate hunger across the State. In addition, Oregon Food Bank manages an online food finder that connects individuals to food. To access Oregon Food Bank’s Food Finder, follow the link below, type in your desired location (address or zip code), and select the type of services you wish to access. The Food Finder is updated every twenty-four hours so it may be the most up-to-date. See “Oregon Food Pantries” to find a food pantry near you.

    If you are looking for short-term assistance, select “Free Meals” in the Oregon Food Bank’s Food Finder. You will be directed to locations in your area that serve free (usually hot) meals. Once you have found a location you would like to visit or learn more about, click on the location to see its address, phone number and hours operation. Keep in mind that some locations will only be open on certain days of the week for a limited number of hours. It is always best to call ahead to verify the location and hours if possible.

    Oregon Food Bank Food Finder
    https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/find-help/food-finder/

    Contact 2-1-1

    If you have access to a phone, call 2-1-1 to find food assistance. 2-1-1 is a toll-free number so any phone can call 2-1-1 free of charge. When you call, press “1” for English or “2” for Spanish. Then, it will ask for you to enter the zip code in which you would like to find food services. After entering the zip code, listen to the options for services. Currently food is in Other Services.”

    If you do not know your zip code, press “#” and an operator will help you determine the location where you are seeking services. There may be a 10-15 minute wait to speak with an operator. Once the operator is on the line, let them know you are seeking food services. It is helpful to specify whether you are seeking a hot meal or a food pantry. The operator will let you know the available locations and can provide you with directions from your current location if necessary.

    What will I need to access a meal?

    Because each location may have different requirements, the best option is to call ahead and ask about what will be required to access their services. Many meal programs do not require citizenship documentation; however, some may require a form of identification and/or proof that you live within their service area (such as a piece of mail that shows your name and address).

    Do I need to apply for meal services?

    No, meal services do not require an application. Some locations may ask you to provide your information when you arrive. This allows the organization to develop better ways to serve the community, but it is not used to determine your eligibility.

    When can I go to a meal serving location?

    Generally, meal serving locations only operate during meal times. If you are using Oregon Food Bank’s Food Finder tool (information and link above), the location’s operating hours will be displayed for each location. Plan to arrive early to reduce your wait time and ensure that you will have a wide variety of food choices.

    Do meal services offer meals for dietary restrictions (i.e. diabetic, kosher, vegetarian, gluten free)?

    This depends on your location. Some services will have special dietary options, such as diabetic or vegetarian options, however, it is highly recommended you verify this by calling in advance. Although a certain location in your area may not advertise that they cater to special dietary restrictions, consider that some options on their menu may still satisfy your dietary needs.

    I have other people in my household (i.e. children or dependents), can they access meals as well?

    Yes, all locations allow entire households to access their resources. If the location you are accessing requires you to provide identification or proof of address, you may be required to provide the same information for the other members of your household. This information will likely not be required for children. Again, it is highly recommended to call in advance to find out what is required at the specific location you plan to visit to avoid any confusion.

    It is important to keep in mind that infant food will likely not be available at meal locations, however, you will likely have access to infant food at food pantries (see below).

    Access to Groceries

    Every county in Oregon has a food pantry and other organizations that offers groceries or emergency food. Food pantries are a great resource for individuals and families to access a wide variety of groceries. Food banks and grocery programs can be helpful while waiting to receive other food benefits (i.e. SNAP), to supplement those benefits, or because you are not eligible for an assistance program.

    What is a food pantry (sometimes called a food bank)?

    A food pantry is much like a small grocery store, but with a limited selection. Food pantries try to assist with either an individual or an entire household’s weekly or monthly needs, however they may not be able to provide enough assistance to satisfy all your, or your household’s nutritional needs.

    Although you may not be able to get enough food for the whole week/month, the resources available at food pantries will likely provide more than a few meals. Depending on the food pantry you visit, options will vary. Some may have a more limited selection than others. Overall, a food pantry is a great way to access groceries upon your release.

    What do I need to bring to a food pantry?

    The information required to access a food pantry varies depending on which food pantry you plan to visit. Because each location may have different requirements, it is best  to call ahead and ask what they require. Some food pantries may require documentation that you live within their service area (such as a piece of mail that includes both your name and address). Many food pantries will be able to accommodate you if you’re experiencing special circumstances, so be sure to inform them of your situation if you are not able to provide proof of address.

    If you are relying on Oregon Food Bank’s Food Finder tool, the food pantries found using that tool do not require formal identification to use their services.

    To ensure you are able to take as much food as allowed, bring bags or a box with you to help carry the food. If you do not have a bag or box, kindly ask a volunteer and they may be able to provide you with something to help hold your food.

    It is also important to consider transportation. In some instances, you may be able to leave the food pantry with more food than you can easily carry. Before you go, consider what bus routes are available or, if you plan to walk, be mindful of how much you can carry while walking.

    Does the food I receive from a food pantry require a kitchen?

    Generally, food pantries will provide two kinds of food, 1) food that does require a kitchen to prepare, and 2) food that does not require a kitchen to prepare. If you do not have access to a kitchen, inform a volunteer when you arrive and they may be able to direct you to foods that are already prepared. This will not limit your ability to pick out other nutritional options. If you have access to a microwave, but not a full kitchen, consider what options may be available to you beyond those that are immediately ready to eat.

    How do I find a food pantry?
    Oregon Food Bank’s Food Finder

    As you search for a food pantry in your county or community, the Oregon Food Bank is an excellent resource. The Oregon Food Bank is a statewide organization that collects food from various sources and then distributes that food to hundreds of hunger-relief agencies. Committed to providing fresh and healthy options, Oregon Food Bank strives to eliminate hunger across the state. In addition, Oregon Food Bank manages an online Food Finder that connects individuals to food. To access Oregon Food Bank’s Food Finder, follow the link below, type in your desired location (address or zip code), and select the type of services that you wish to access.

    If you are looking for a food pantry, select “Free Groceries.” You will be directed to locations in your area that provide grocery assistance for you and/or your household. Once you have found a location you would like to visit or learn more about, click on the location to see its address, phone number and hours of operation. Keep in mind that some locations will only be open on certain days of the week for a limited number of hours.

    Oregon Food Bank Food Finder
    https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/find-help/food-finder/

    The most important thing to be aware of is the food pantry’s service area. Many food pantries only provide food to those who reside within a certain geographical location. If you are hoping to visit a certain food pantry, but you are unsure whether you are within its service area, call ahead to verify that you qualify to access their services.

    Call 2-1-1

    If you have access to a phone, call 2-1-1 to find food assistance. 2-1-1 is a toll-free number so any phone can call 2-1-1 free of charge. When you call, press “1” for English or “2” for Spanish. Then, it will ask for you to enter the zip code in which you would like to find food services. After entering the zip code, listen to the options for services. Currently food is in Other Services.”

    If you do not know your zip code, press “#” and an operator will help you determine the location where you are seeking services. There may be a 10-15 minute wait to speak with an operator. Once the operator is on the line, let them know you are seeking food services. It is helpful to specify whether you are seeking a hot meal or a food pantry. The operator will let you know the available locations and can provide you with directions from your current location if necessary.

    I have special dietary needs; will the food pantry be able to help me meet those needs?

    Generally, food pantries can meet diabetic and vegetarian needs. To verify that the location you plan to visit will be able to meet your needs, call ahead. If you are unable to call the location prior to your visit, seek out a volunteer and inform them of your dietary restrictions so that they can help direct you.

    How often can I visit a food pantry?

    This answer depends on the location. In general, food pantries allow you to access their resources once per month, however, some food pantries will permit weekly visits.

    What if I am unable to access a food pantry?

    Some food pantries offer a delivery program for individuals who cannot access their services. If you are unable to visit your local food pantry, contact the food pantry to find out if you qualify for their delivery program. To be eligible to receive delivery services, some food pantries require you to be disabled, a senior, or, in rural communities, lack transportation.

    Can my previous conviction have an impact on my ability to access a Food Pantry?

    No, food pantries in Oregon do not have a formal screening process, aside from the locations that require you to live within their service area. Volunteers should not be asking about your criminal record, and, if they do, know that there is no need to provide that information.

    If you feel you have been rejected due to your criminal record or a discriminatory reason (such as your race, gender, religion, etc.), know that Oregon Food Bank holds its partner agencies to a high standard and is committed to addressing these issues, but they cannot help if they are unaware of the problem. Bring your experience to their awareness by contacting Oregon Food Bank using the information below.

    Oregon Food Bank Headquarters
    7900 NE 33rd Drive
    Portland, OR 97211
    Phone: (503) 282-0555 or 1-800-777-7427

    Do I need to make accommodations if I do not speak English?

    No, each food bank will be able to still provide you with groceries regardless of language or national origin. Sites may have volunteers who are able to assist with translation. However, if translator is not on-site, you will still have access to the location’s resources.

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    What is SNAP?

    SNAP is a government food assistance program, commonly referred to as food stamps, offered by each state through their Department of Human Services (DHS). To be eligible for SNAP, you must be below a certain income threshold and submit an application. Once you have gone through the application process, the program will provide you with a card that contains a certain amount of funds per month that can used to pay for food and groceries. Participation in SNAP allows you to be in charge of what you eat and where you purchase it. As soon as you have identification, you should consider applying for SNAP online or at your local DHS office.

    How do I apply for SNAP?

    There are two ways to apply for SNAP, online or in person at your local DHS office.

    • Online: The online application will save you time because you can complete and submit it electronically. After you submit the application, a DHS agent will contact you by mail or phone to schedule either a phone or in-person interview. Follow this link to access the online application: https://apps.state.or.us/onlineApplication/
    • In person: You can apply in person at your local DHS office. Before you go, know that, after submitting your application, you will still need to wait for an interview to take place on a future date.
    What will I need to apply for SNAP?
    • Complete the online or paper application and submit it to your local DHS office. Be sure to check all programs you wish to apply for so that you do not need to repeat the process, such as Cash Assistance (TANF).
    • Valid form of identification
      • State-Issued ID
      • Prison ID
      • Birth Certificate
      • * If you are unable to provide one of the forms of identification listed above, the SNAP office can help you verify your identity by speaking with an individual who is aware of your situation, such as your parole officer, counselor or family member.
    • Social Security Number
      • See “Social Security” for more information on how to obtain your Social Security Number.
    • Income information
      • This includes the amount of money in your bank account and other forms of income (i.e. SSI, disability etc.). While this information will not be needed to submit the application, it may be required at your interview.
      • If you do not have a regular source of income and/or only receive cash from odd jobs (i.e. gardening), don’t worry. You can write-in this information.
      • If you are completing an addiction counseling service (i.e. AA/NA) be sure to inform DHS  during your interview as this may help you meet the eligibility requirements.
      • Be sure to include any court-ordered debts or fines when detailing your expenses.
    Can I apply for SNAP for my children or other dependents?

    Yes, when submitting the application be sure to include the information for all children and/or dependents. This information will be used to calculate the amount of assistance you are eligible for and ensures that all individuals in your household receive adequate nutrition. You will need to provide information for each child/dependent (i.e. Social Security number, date of birth, etc.). If you are pregnant, recently gave birth and live with your infant, or are a family caring for an infant you may be eligible for The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). You can apply for WIC via your SNAP application.

    Can I get assistance with  my SNAP application?

    Yes, just contact your local DHS office by phone or visit in person. See “DHS Locations” for a list of offices near you.

    How quickly will I receive my SNAP benefits?

    All applications will be processed within 30 days after they are received. If you are homeless or receiving less than $150 a month, your application should be processed within 7 days after it has been received. Once you have had an interview, a determination is generally made within the week. While waiting for the application to be processed, you can utilize other local food options, such as your local food bank or meal services. See “Short-Term Food Access” or “Access to Groceries” for more information.   

    Can my previous conviction have an impact on my ability to get Food Stamps?

    Need the hard-legal answer, as right now the states have a chosen not to enforce. But, could against drug distribution charges and I believe fraud convictions.

    Do I need a permanent address to apply for Food Stamps?

    No. While submitting your application at your local DHS office, explain that you do not have a permanent address and they will be able to schedule your interview date at that time. You may also consider listing a trusted friend or family member’s address.

  • County Resources
    • Aloha Church of God

      Address:
      Aloha Church of God
      18380 SW Kinnaman Rd.
      Aloha, OR 97007

      Phone:
      (503) 649-5678

      Hours:
      Wed. and Thurs. 1 pm-3 pm. Sat 10 am-12 pm [Last Sat. of the month]

      Areas served:
      All

    • Annex Mobile Pantry

      Address:
      Annex Mobile Pantry
      402 Annex Road
      Ontario, OR 97914

      Phone:
      (541) 262-3280

      Hours:
      2nd Thursday of the month: 4 pm-5:30 pm

    • Applegate Food Pantry

      Address:
      Applegate Food Pantry
      156 Upper Applegate Road
      Jacksonville, OR 97530

      Phone:
      (541) 899-8381

      Hours:
      Mon 9:30 am-11 am

    • Arlington Help Center

      Address:
      Arlington Help Center
      150 Hemlock St
      Arlington, OR 97812

      Phone:
      (541) 454-2885

      Hours:
      Mon. 9 am - Noon Only ppen 3rd Monday of the month

    • Astoria Christmas Basket Program

      Address:
      Astoria Christmas Basket Program
      92937 Walluski Loop
      Astoria, OR 97103

      Phone:
      (503)325-7297

      Hours:
      Mon. - Sat. 9 am-3 pm

      Areas served:
      Astoria/Knappa

    • AWARE

      Address:
      AWARE
      152 Arthur St.
      Woodburn, OR 97071

      Phone:
      (503) 981-5828

      Hours:
      Mon. - Fri. 9 am-noon

    • Baker Creek Community Church Food Bank

      Address:
      Baker Creek Community Church Food Bank
      325 NW Baker Creek Road
      McMinnville, OR 97128

      Phone:
      (503) 434-5541

      Hours:
      Wed 10 am-12 pm

    • Beaverton SDA

      Address:
      Beaverton SDA
      14645 SW Davis Rd.
      Beaverton, OR 97007

      Phone:
      (503) 591-9025

      Hours:
      By Appointment Tues. 9:00 am-2:00 pm [Closed noon-12:30 for lunch]

      Areas served:
      Care to Share service area

    • Bible Baptist Church

      Address:
      Bible Baptist Church
      4849 S 6th Street
      Klamath Falls, OR 97603

      Phone:
      (541) 884-8725

      Hours:
      Fri 1 pm-4 pm [3rd Friday of the month]

      Areas served:
      Klamath Falls

    • Bonanza Living Springs Fellowship

      Address:
      Bonanza Living Springs Fellowship
      31897 Mission St.
      Bonanza, OR 97623

      Phone:
      (541) 545-6671

      Hours:
      Tues 9 am-11 am [3rd Tuesdays of the month]

    • Bread of Life Food Pantry

      Address:
      Bread of Life Food Pantry
      18255 Redwood Highway
      Selma, OR 97538

      Phone:
      (541) 592-9268

      Hours:
      Mon 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

      Areas served:
      Illinois Valley

    • Bridges Connection

      Address:
      Bridges Connection
      23411 Sprague River Hwy
      Sprague River, OR 97639

      Phone:
      (541) 533-3322

      Hours:
      Wed 9 am-1 pm

    • Brookings Harbor Community Helpers

      Address:
      Brookings Harbor Community Helpers
      539-A Hemlock Street
      Brookings, OR 97415

      Phone:
      (541) 469-5808

      Hours:
      Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    • Butte Falls Food Pantry

      Address:
      Butte Falls Food Pantry
      801 Laurel Avenue
      Butte Falls, OR 97522

      Phone:
      (541) 865-3500

      Hours:
      2nd and 4th Fridays, 3-5 pm

    • Cannon Beach Food Pantry

      Address:
      Cannon Beach Food Pantry
      368 Beaver Street
      Cannon Beach, OR 97110

      Phone:
      (503) 436-2677

      Hours:
      Wed. 3 pm-5 pm

    • Care & Share

      Address:
      Care & Share
      1008 Hayhurst Road
      Yoncalla, OR 89499

      Phone:
      (541) 849-2800

      Hours:
      Mon. 9 am - Noon

    • Caring Team Ministry

      Address:
      Caring Team Ministry
      3000 S Santiam Hwy
      Lebanon, OR 97355

      Phone:
      (541) 451-1271

      Hours:
      Fri. 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    • Catholic Community Services - Springfield

      Address:
      Catholic Community Services - Springfield
      1025 G Street
      Springfield, OR 97477

      Phone:
      (541) 345-3628

      Hours:
      Wed., Fri., and Sat., 9 am-1 pm

    • Charleston Food Bank

      Address:
      Charleston Food Bank
      63081 Crown Point Rd.
      Charleston, OR 97420

      Phone:
      (541) 297-7317

      Hours:
      Wed. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    • Chiloquin Care Program

      Address:
      Chiloquin Care Program
      121 1st Ave
      Chiloquin, OR 97624

      Phone:
      (541) 783-2420

      Hours:
      Wed 10 am-1 pm [4th Wed. of the month]

    • Christian & Missionary Alliance Chapel

      Address:
      Christian & Missionary Alliance Chapel
      61125 Highway 140 East
      Bly, OR 97622

      Phone:
      (541) 261-5726

      Hours:
      Wed 8:30 am-11:30 am [3rd Wednesday only]

    • Coastal Range Food Bank

      Address:
      Coastal Range Food Bank
      11663 Nashville Road
      Blodgett, OR 97326

      Phone:
      (541)456-2009

      Hours:
      Sun 11 am-2 pm, Wed 11 am-2 pm

    • Condon Food Pantry

      Address:
      Condon Food Pantry
      103 S Lincoln Street
      Condon, OR 97823

      Phone:
      (541) 626-3796

      Hours:
      Mon. 9 am-11 am Last Monday of the month

    • Coos Food Cupboard

      Address:
      Coos Food Cupboard
      370 Market Street
      Coos Bay, OR 97420

      Phone:
      (541) 269-5829

      Hours:
      Mon., Wed., Fri., 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

    • Cove Food Pantry

      Address:
      Cove Food Pantry
      1708 Jasper Street
      Cove, OR 97824

      Phone:
      (541) 962-0830

      Hours:
      Tues. 11 am-12 pm; Sat 9 am-12 pm [3rd Saturday only]

    • Crossfire Hands of Hope

      Address:
      Crossfire Hands of Hope
      942 28th Street
      Springfield, OR 97478

      Phone:
      (541) 686-3473

      Hours:
      Thurs 12 pm-4 pm

    • Daily Bread - Eugene Christian Fellowship

      Address:
      Daily Bread - Eugene Christian Fellowship
      89780 N Game Farm Road
      Eugene, OR 97408

      Phone:
      (541) 344-3380

      Hours:
      Tues. and Thurs. 1 pm-4 pm

    • Dallas Emergency Food Bank

      Address:
      Dallas Emergency Food Bank
      322 N Main St. #180
      Dallas, OR 97338

      Phone:
      (503) 623-3578

      Hours:
      Mon. - Fri. 9 am-11:30 am

    • Dayton Food Pantry

      Address:
      Dayton Food Pantry
      300 Flower Lane
      Dayton, OR 97114

      Phone:
      (503) 864-2474

      Hours:
      Tues. 4 pm-6 pm [2nd and 4th Tues. each month]

    • Depoe Bay Food Pantry

      Address:
      Depoe Bay Food Pantry
      145 NE Collins Ave.
      Depoe Bay, OR 97341

      Phone:
      (541) 992-2543

      Hours:
      Wed. 3-5:30 pm

      Areas served:
      Gleneden Beach, Depoe Bay, & Otter Rock

Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC)

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    Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) is located in Wood Hall on the Law Campus.

    Professor Aliza Kaplan
    Director
    akaplan@lclark.edu
    503-768-6721

    • Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) Lewis & Clark Law School10015 S.W. Terwilliger BoulevardMSC 51 Portland OR 97219