Pamplin Media Group – The Clackamas Service Center warehouse is a “powerful new tool”
8,000 square foot space designed to meet growing food aid needs across the county
The Clackamas service center will hold an inauguration ceremony in its new warehouse. This creates a second location for the non-profit organization to serve homeless people and food insecure families.
Clackamas Service Center Executive Director Debra Mason celebrates the recent opening of a new 8,000 square foot warehouse in Clackamas County to meet the growing need for food aid while providing logistical support to more small food aid organizations. Mason is considering the warehouse with walk-in refrigeration and shelving as part of a multi-year fundraising campaign that will facilitate the expansion of CSC’s main site at 8800 SE 80th Ave., which only had a sub -1500 square foot floor to store food.
“The Food Hub is critical new infrastructure that allows us to receive, store and distribute nutritious, family-friendly, and culturally preferred foods on a much larger scale, creating efficiencies and maximizing impact on human life. community, ”she said. “This powerful new tool will dramatically improve not only our own food distribution program, but also the food distribution programs run by local organizations across Clackamas County.”
Members of the North Clackamas Chamber will help cut the ribbon for the new CSC warehouse at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, December 10 at 8937 SE Jannsen Road in the Clackamas Business Center complex.
The CSC serves 3,000 households each month in Clackamas and Multnomah counties: showers, hot meals, groceries, medical care, letter boxes and clothing. Mason is proud of how CSC has adapted to the significant challenges the pandemic has posed for CSC and its members.
“Rather than asking community members to visit our center and risk exposure to COVID-19, we turned to a community model that included home delivery of personalized grocery boxes,” he said. she declared.
CSC has launched a series of collaborations with a range of community partners to better serve BIPOC communities, including Feed the Mass, the Immigrant Mutual Aid Coalition and the Asian Health and Services Center. A pilot collaboration with the North Clackamas School District is providing child-friendly and culturally appropriate take-out boxes of groceries for anyone in need during school meals at two elementary schools with a high percentage of low-income families.
“Our Spanish Speaking Membership Specialist was able to connect directly with dozens of Spanish speaking families who were unfamiliar with CSC, expanding our reach among the population hardest hit by COVID-19 in our community,” Mason said of the NCSD program.