Local Company Collects Tons of Food for Pantry

Rosendin Electric Donates 11,000 Pounds of Food

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County (SVdPCC) Food Pantry continues its mission to serve the local community thanks to the help and generosity of community sponsors and supports. Recent efforts by Rosendin Electric on behalf of SVdPCC will provide local families in need with emergency food during vulnerable times.

pallets of donated food

The employees of Rosendin Electric collected and donated an impressive 5.5 tons of food, filling 12 large, heavy pallets for transport to the food pantry. Ten Rosendin Electric employees, all dressed in pink (below), sorted shrink-wrapped cans onto nine very large pallets. Seven pallets of nonperishable food were then loaded into SVdP’s truck.  Rosendin Electric then brought the remaining two pallets and loaded a forklift onto a trailer for offloading the pallets at SvdP.

The employees of Rosendin Electric collected and donated over 11,000 pounds of food filling 12 pallets last week to our Food Pantry.

The plan was to unload the pallets and place them inside the building ready for SVdP volunteers to unpack and put the food away the following day. However, volunteers discovered that the pallets were too large to fit through the door and they were also too heavy for the floor. Rosendin Electric volunteers wasted no time calling for backup and a Fortis Construction crew of 30 people quickly responded.  Together the group then unpacked the pallets and placed the food inside on shelves under the direction of the SVdPCC's Pantry manager.

Many thanks to Rosendin Electric for donating and sorting the food, and to Fortis Construction for volunteering to move the food into the building.

About Rosendin Electric & Fortis Construction

Rosendin Electric is the largest electrical subcontractor working on the Facebook site in Prineville.  At peak, they employed 450 electricians on the job.  Rosendin Electric works for Fortis Construction, the prime contractor on the Facebook site.

Pantry Hours to Change

Pantry to open one Saturday each month

The Food Pantry operated by St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County will open one Saturday a month starting November 23rd to accommodate those who work during the week and can’t visit the Panty during normal hours of 1 PM to 3:30 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Pantry will be open the fourth Saturday of month except for December when it will open the third Saturday.

Saturday Pantry hours will be Noon to 3 PM.

The Pantry is located at 1103 NE Elm St., Prineville, OR, on the north side of the parking lot.

Easy access to making online donations — safe, secure option for local donors

Easy access to onlne donations, safe, secure option for donors

Providing easy access to online donor options, St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County continues it's mission to provide aid to the needy

People who find themselves in a tough spot in the Prineville area understand that they can rely on St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County to provide help in a pinch, specifically food and emergency assistance. In an effort to make it easier for folks from all over Central Oregon to contribute to this important effort, the organization recently implemented a new online donation system via the St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County (SVdPCC) website which can be reach by typing in

“Donating online has become much easier for those who support our organization,” said Thomas MacDonald, SVdPCC board member and community advocate. “We now have simple forms that feature the option of setting up a recurring donation directly from our website.  Monthly donations are the life blood of our organization. With the easy and simplicity that this provides, we hope donating online becomes a popular feature for our donors.”

St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County is locally organized and is focused on serving anyone in need with dignity and respect. Through donations by individuals and local businesses, they provide food and a variety of social services to individuals who are in need.

The organization was formed in 1977 and has been an important part of the local community for more than four decades. St. Vincent de Paul is part of an international society devoted to works of charity with more than 4,400 conferences in the U.S. alone. This Conference is located in the rural community of Prineville and serves the people of Crook County.

“Our aim is to promote human dignity and personal integrity through the work we do and the services we provide,” MacDonald added. “We feed and help people every month. Our new online donation system is integral to our work and the process is convenient, safe and secure.”

SVdPCC is located at 1103 NE Elm St., Suite 140 in Prineville. Services are available Tuesday through Thursday every week from 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more information visit the website or call 541-447-7662.

Bank staff spends afternoon at St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County

Shelk Foundation Matching Grant Fund Drive Success

First Interstate Bank Supports St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County

September 11, 2019, Patriot’s Day, First Interstate Bank, Prineville Branch closed for a community service day. This year, the Bank’s staff spent the afternoon at the St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County (SVDPCC) food pantry working on various improvement projects. In addition, First Interstate donated $500 in materials for painting and other projects in the facility.

Shelk Foundation matches $8K in community donations for SVDPCC

Shelk Foundation Matching Grant Fund Drive Success

The Shelk Foundation donated $8000 to St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County (SVDPCC) as the key element in SVDPCC’s 2019 local fund drive. During this past summer and early fall, all local donations were generously matched dollar for dollar by the Shelk Foundation.  By September, we met the $8,000 goal and was gratefully received the balance of the Shelk Foundation grant.

The Shelk Foundation’s generous support enables SVDPCC to continue the mission to aid Crook County’s poor and disadvantaged residents.  SVDPCC provides USDA approved food boxes to over 1000 people each month.  More than 13 percent of Crook County’s residents live on incomes below the federal poverty level.  The partnership between the Shelk Foundation and SVDPCC helps to ensure people in need receive supplemental food and emergency assistance.

About St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County

St. Vincent de Paul is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) social service agency supported by private sector donations and grants. All donations stay in our local community to serve others regardless of religion, race, origin or gender. Donations go directly to help people in the Crook County Community.

About the Shelk Foundation

Linda and John Shelk

The Shelk Foundation advocates for Eastern Oregon with special focus on Crook, Grant, Wheeler and Harney counties. John and Linda Shelk established the Shelk Foundation in 1994 after co-advising on the OCF Shelk Advised Fund for fifteen years.

Amazon Smiles on St. Vincent De Paul

AmazonSmile Donations

Support your local food pantry

Would you like to support your local food pantry? The next time you go on-line to order from Amazon, create an AMAZONSMILE account and input St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County when Amazon asks you which charity you'd like to help. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price directly to St. Vincent de Paul here in Crook Co. It's a win-win for SVdP and you! Every time you sign on to AmazonSmile and order something you'll be giving back to our community, Neighbors Helping Neighbors!

Matching Donations Sought

Shelk Foundation Supporting St. Vincent de Paul of CC

The John & Linda Shelk Foundation have partnered with St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County by creating a donation matching program. All donations made to St. Vincent through September 1 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $8,000.00. If you contribute $5.00 the Foundation will match that amount, up to $8,000.

Your donation is tax deductible under IRS rules. Please make your check payable to St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County and mail it to P.O.Box 545, Prineville, OR 97754. Thank you!