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Pantry News, Emergency Services, Donations Needed, and more!

Pantry News, Emergency Services, Donations Needed, and more!

Winter Newsletter

We moved to our new Pantry on Madras Highway last November after searching for a year and spending 6 months at a temporary location.  We are working with the County Building department to obtain an occupancy permit that will allow our guests to enter our Pantry and select their own food in a “open shopping” style arrangement.

Pantry business doubled last year (Figure 1) which put a huge strain on us as well as our primary suppliers, Oregon Food Bank and Neighbor Impact. We now spend $3,500 a month for eggs, milk, meat, and canned fruit which we used to get for free. In addition to food donated by local groceries, we pick up 3 loads a week from Trader Joe’s who recently designated us as one of three Neighborhood Share Partners.

Emergency Services are in high demand as families struggle with rising housing and food costs.  We helped 320 households with 492 adults and 386 children last calendar year at a cost of $141,700 (Table 1).  Single parent households received the most help (Figure 2).  Helping families stay in their homes was the greatest need (Figure 3).  The extraordinary support we were able to provide last calendar was made possible by a very generous donation from an individual who was impressed by the friendliness of Prineville people and wanted to share the blessings he had received.

Donations Urgently Needed

The Pantry food budget is fully funded, however our emergency help fund will be exhausted by the end of March without additional donations.  Please consider increasing your donation or starting a monthly donation through our web site.  Your support is critical to our operation as we rely totally on donations.  We are all volunteers.  There is no paid staff.  Your donation is spent locally to support your neighbor in need.  Please help us continue our ministry.

Volunteers Wanted

Are you looking for a rewarding ministry serving others for 3 hours a week?  Volunteers welcome guests, assist them with food selections, restock pantry shelves, pick up and deliver food, answer phones, etc.  Please call 458-231-7184 if you are interested in volunteering.

Donors Support Keeps Us Focused on Helping Those in Need

We very much appreciate the financial support donors have provided St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County during the Pandemic.  These donations have allowed volunteers and volunteer staff to stay focused on helping those in need.

Food Pantry business jumped in March, serving over 1,000 household members as the Pandemic shutdown hit home. However, as federal benefits flowed in, visits to the food pantry dropped off, declining to their lowest in May.

Inspired by Virginia Hilderbrand, a Board Member, we started delivering food directly to residents of local mobile home parks, starting the end of May.  Many were either not aware of our services or afraid to access them.  We are now back to providing food to over 1,000 people per month.  We have traveled to 7 mobile parks and plan to visit several more.

Demand for Emergency Services was highest in December and January, then trended down to very little in April.  Starting in May, demand picked up, and where it goes will depend on continuing federal and state benefits.  We work to fill gaps in rent relief not covered by State grants administered by Neighbor Impact.  Those seeking temporary shelter are mostly fleeing domestic violence.  We served 37 adults and 20 children in May and June.  We allocate $2,000 per month for Emergency Services.  When demand exceeds that amount, we are spending cash reserves or unexpected donations such as yours.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Charles H Kurtz

St. Vincent de Paul wraps up 2019 with gratitude for community support

St. Vincent de Paul wraps up 2019 with gratitude for community support

St. Vincent de Paul releases 2019 Statistics

There are over 23,000 people living in Crook County. Thirteen percent of these people have income under the federal poverty level. That means 3000 people in our County need help just to survive. St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County’s mission is to help these people meet their basic needs. We couldn't accomplish everything we do without the generous support of this community. Today we are sharing our statistics for the past year, with a special note of appreciation for all those volunteers, community members, donors and supporters who made last year a success.

Statistics from our 2019 Year of Operation:

  • Ave. Volunteers  each Month     31
  • Volunteer Hours Works                6,000
  • Volunteer Miles Driven                17,600
  • Food Received, pounds                162,000
  • Households Served                        2,700
  • Total Guests Served                      7,300
  • Equivalent Meals Provided          110,000  (3 meals/day for 5 days)
  • Value of Meals Provided              $165,000 ($1.50 per meal)
  • Emergency Help Provided           $16,940

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.