Give help; get help

By Hillary Borrud / The Bulletin

LA PINE — Employees and volunteers at local food pantries have noticed a lot of new faces and increased demand for their services lately as more families and others who are struggling financially seek free meals.

”It’s been hard on people down here,” Fred Crouch, 71, of La Pine, said of the recession. Crouch was volunteering at the La Pine Community Kitchen on Tuesday.

Shantel Jenkins, 30, was eating at the Community Kitchen with her son, Triston, 3, on Tuesday, and she said the meals are a hit with her children and help the family meet its budget. She also gets produce from the kitchen’s food pantry.

Employees and volunteers at local organizations said there are several ways to help keep the homeless population and others from going hungry — from giving time by volunteering to donating food and money.

Data on homelessness released Friday showed at least 2,237 people — including 876 children — were homeless in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties on Jan. 29, the date volunteers conducted the homeless count. The number increased 29 percent over the 2008 count.

Unemployment was the second most common reason given for being homeless. And on Monday, the state Employment Department reported that February unemployment rates in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties rose to 12.6 percent, 14.4 percent and 16.1 percent, respectively.

Brandi Avery, manager of Oasis in Prineville, which provides meals six days a week, said the clientele at the food pantry has changed.

“New people are coming in every day that we’ve never seen,” Avery said.

Food banks welcome donations, volunteers

At the La Pine Community Kitchen, “we could always use more food,” said secretary Carol Crouch, 66.

Packaging on donated food needs to be unopened, said her husband, Fred.

If people want to donate money, they can send checks to the La Pine Community Kitchen, Carol Crouch said. About 10 loyal supporters still contribute from $25 to $100 a month in spite of the recession, Crouch said, and the kitchen also welcomes volunteers.

“That’s the hardest thing to come up with is a cook,” Carol Crouch said.

Steve Murray, the food bank coordinator for NeighborImpact, said food pantries always appreciate food donations and financial contributions also are important because food pantries have operating expenses to cover.

“I always tell people, (donate) whatever they’re comfortable with,” Murray said.

To learn more about how to volunteer with or donate to NeighborImpact, go to www.neighborimpact.org.

Avery, at Oasis, said her organization needs both donations and volunteers to serve meals six days a week. In addition to food and financial contributions, Avery said Oasis always needs paper items, such as plates and cups, and plastic cutlery. The number of people who contribute money is down due to the recession, Avery said.

In Bend, the number of people who come to meals at Bend’s Community Center has increased recently, while financial donations have fallen, said Linda Heatley, human resource manager for the center, which serves hot meals and sack lunches on Sundays.

“There’s a lot of families that come in, a lot of seniors,” Heatley said. “It seems like there’s more families lately.”

“We can always use volunteers and food,” Heatley said. To help at Bend’s Community Center, call for a volunteer application or to get information about making a donation.

The Bethlehem Inn homeless shelter in Bend also needs help preparing food, said Chris Clouart, operations director. Anyone who wants to volunteer can pick up an application at the facility, at 3705 N. U.S. Highway 97, in Bend.

Since the shelter does not have a commercial kitchen, employees cannot prepare food on the premises. Instead, local churches and individual families have stepped in to make meals and bring them to the shelter, Clouart said.

If you can help

• Volunteer opportunities

See a complete list of volunteer opportunities at www.bendbulletin.com/volunteer.

AMERICAN RED CROSS: 541-382-2142.

BEND AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: 541-385-5387.

BEND’S COMMUNITY CENTER: Taffy, 541-312-2069.

BETHLEHEM INN: 541-322-8768.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES/VOLUNTEER SERVICES CROOK COUNTY: Valerie Dean, 541-447-3851, ext. 427.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES (DHS): 541-447-3851, ext. 427.

FAMILY KITCHEN: Larry Kogovsek, 541-390-1351.

GRANDMA’S HOUSE: 541-383-3515.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY REDMOND: Jim, 541-548-1406.

HIGH DESERT TEENS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: 541-382-4757 or www.highdesertmuseum.org.

HUNGER PREVENTION COALITION: Marie, 541-385-9227.

Jefferson County Volunteer Services: Therese Helton, 541-475-6131, ext. 208.

LA PINE COMMUNITY KITCHEN: 541-536-1312.

NEIGHBORIMPACT: 541-548-2380, ext. 115, or Elaines@neighborimpact.org.

NEWBERRY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: 541-593-5005.

SISTERS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: 541-549-1193.

VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE: Kristi, 541-585-9008.

Volunteer Insights: 541-385-8977 or www.volunteerinsights.org.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER OF CENTRAL OREGON: 541-385-0750.

If you need help

• Emergency food boxes

Bend

Community of Christ Church

20380 Cooley Road

541-388-1011

Last Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon.

St. Vincent de Paul

950 S.E. Third St.

541-389-6643

Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seventh-Day Adventist Center

515 N.E. Dekalb Ave.

541-382-7429

Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Salvation Army

755 N.E. Second St.

541-389-8888

Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.

La Pine / Sunriver

St. Vincent de Paul

51484 Morson St.

541-536-1956

Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

La Pine Community Pantry

16480 Finley Butte Road

541-536-1312

Wednesday and Friday, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Care & Share

541-593-5990 (Call for site info)

Last Friday of the month, 3 to 6 p.m.

Madras

Jefferson County Food Bank

Seventh-day Adventist Center

556 S.E. Seventh St.

541-475-3344

Tuesday, 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Prineville

St. Vincent de Paul

240 E. First St.

541-447-7662

Monday through Thursday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Redmond

FISH Food Pantry

Redmond Christian Church

533 S.W. Ninth St.

541-548-2974

Monday, Thursday and Friday; call between 8 a.m. and noon, pick up box at 1:30 p.m.

St. Albans (bread and baked goods)

3277 N.W. 10th St.

541-548-4212

Friday, 1 to 3 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul

1114 S.W. Evergreen Ave.

541-923-5264

Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seventh-Day Adventist Center

945 N.W. Glacier Ave.

541-923-0301

Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sisters

Sisters Kiwanis

225 N. Oak St.

541-390-6361

Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Terrebonne

Smith Rock Community Church

8344 11th St.

541-548-1315

Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• brown bag Program

A NeighborImpact program that allows participants to fill a brown bag with grocery items. For information on the Brown Bag Program, call: 541-548-3280

Bend

Newport Avenue Church of Christ

108554 N.W. Newport Ave.

Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Sisters

Sisters Christian Church

302 E. Main Ave.

Pickup second Friday of each month at 5 p.m.

Redmond

Redmond Community Brown Bag

Redmond Senior Center

325 N.W. Dogwood Ave.

Pickup first Friday of each month at 4 p.m.

Terrebonne

Terrebonne Community Brown Bag

Terrebonne Elementary School

199 B St.

Pickup third Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m.

Prineville

Prineville Community Brown Bag

St. Vincent de Paul

240 E. First St.

Pickup third Friday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

• Hot Meals

Bend

Bend’s Community Center

1036 N.E. Fifth St.

541-312-2069

Hot meal served Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Family Kitchen

Trinity Episcopal Church

469 N.W. Wall St.

541-382-5542

Dinner served Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m., lunch served Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

La Pine

La Pine Community Kitchen

16480 Finley Butte Road

541-536-1312

Lunch served Monday through Friday, noon to 2 p.m.

Madras

Community Kitchen

Madras Gospel Mission House

63 S.E. 11th St.

541-325-1120

Hot meal served Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but truly needy can stop by mission any time for a hot meal.

Metolius

Community Kitchen

Friends Church in Metolius

570 Hood Ave.

541-325-1120

Hot meal served Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Prineville

Oasis

398 N.W. Deer St.

541-447-7727

Monday through Saturday, coffee and snacks served at 10 a.m., lunch served from noon to 1 p.m.

Redmond

Shepherd’s Table

City Center Foursquare Church

549 S.W. Eighth St.

541-548-7128

Hot meal served second and fourth Friday of each month, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Jericho Table

Redmond Senior Center

325 N.W. Dogwood

541-923-6996

Hot meal served Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• Emergency shelters

Bend

Bethlehem Inn

3705 N. U.S. Highway 97

541-322-8768

The Shepherd’s House

1854 N.E. Division St.

541-388-2096