St. Anthony Parish Participates in USDA Federal Program to Offer Free Food Boxes to Thousands

Updated: May 14, 2020


Pacific Coast Fruit Company, owned by Nancy Brugato and David Nemarnik, received a USDA Federal Grant to distribute over 100 thousand free food boxes for anyone in need throughout Oregon and Washington. They have teamed up with their home church, St. Anthony Catholic Church and School in Tigard, Oregon, the Portland Catholic Archdiocese, and many other 501-3C charitable organizations to coordinate the distribution of over 100,000 fresh produce, dairy, and combo boxes each week starting on May 18. The goal of the USDA, providing the funds are available, is to run this program  through December of 2020. 

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Other key distribution partners include The Society of St. Vincent DePaul in Portland and Catholic Charities of Oregon. Each will be coordinating their own hours of operation and distribution centers. ST. ANTHONY SPECIFICS St. Anthony Business Manager Jerry Voelker will be coordinating the effort to distribute nearly 2,500 boxes weekly from their campus in Tigard. He is optimistic they can double that number once word gets out.     Pick-up hours will be 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday every week. A team of volunteers and church leaders will be on hand with gloves and masks to help deliver boxes directly into cars.  BOXES FOR ALL St. Anthony will not be asking for proof of need to receive a box. Whether a family needs help to meet a food budget or simply feels uncomfortable visiting the grocery store, this is a great way to get high quality produce, dairy and meats on a weekly basis. This program also helps to support local farmers. Broad participation is invited. Each household will be eligible to receive one box each week. SPREAD THE WORD Other churches are invited to participate by contacting St. Anthony. The program will run May 18 through December.

CONTACT For more information, contact: Katie Marreel

Development Director

St. Anthony Catholic Church and School


phone: 503-639-4179 xt.122

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