The St. Vincent de Paul Conference (St. Peter’s Conference) (SVdP) in The Dalles operates a food bank to assist individuals and families in The Dalles area with food and food-related items to help meet one of their basic needs. The Food Bank is the largest one in Wasco County and is open two days per week (Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m., Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.), and is operated with volunteers, plus a paid Food Bank Manager.
Sources of food for the Food Bank include the Oregon Food Bank, Fred Meyer through their “Fresh Alliance” Program, Safeway for various bread items, and various individuals and groups who donate various items. In addition, each year the ELFF (Everyone Loves a Fire Fighter) Food Drive results in a portion of the donated food coming to our Food Bank. Seasonally, in conjunction with Oregon Food Bank, the SVdP Food Bank provides migrant food boxes to families temporarily in the area to assist in the fruit harvest. At Christmas time, in conjunction with Salvation Army in The Dalles, food donations are requested to provide a food box for families during the holiday season.
The volunteers take individuals around the Food Bank, allowing them to pick out items they have a use for, rather than providing a prepared food box with items they may not have a need for. Amounts available for each commodity are based on the number of individuals in the family. Therefore, a family of 1 receives less quantity of each item than a family of 4, for example.
Volunteers are always welcome, as are donations of food items that are not beyond their expiration date, and these items can be donated during our open hours.