Programs

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The N Thompson clothing room will be closed December 14th thru the first week of January in preparation for our holiday programs.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Christmas food box list is now full. If you did not get on the list to receive a food box, and you qualify to receive our services, you may visit our food pantries to help supplement your holiday food needs. For other holiday resources, please contact 211. 

Our Programs

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Our clients are able to ‘shop’ for food at our onsite food store, selecting items that fit their needs. Each client is given a food allowance card (which varies depending on the size of the household) and a shopping cart. Once the client has selected their food (approximately a week’s worth of food), the food is weighed, bagged and the client is on their way.

Eligibility for Services: To receive regular services one must live in the City of Portland and one of the following must apply:

• have someone 18 years old and younger dependent upon them in their household 
• receive social security/ disability income 
• veterans/ widowed veterans pension 
• over the age of 62 
• receive SNAP benefits

Please remember to bring your own grocery bags for your food store visit!

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Sunshine Division provides three Portland police precinct stations and other local law enforcement agencies with food boxes for distribution by first-responders. Individuals in crisis who are homebound or unable to access services may contact the Portland Police non-emergency line to request a Sunshine Division emergency food box. Through our partnership with the police, we are the ONLY food relief nonprofit providing food assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to those in need.

If you need food assistance and the Sunshine Division is closed, please call the Portland Police Bureau’s non-emergency number at 503-823-3333.

During the fall and winter holidays, Sunshine Division volunteers and members of the Portland Police Bureau will distribute roughly 400 Thanksgiving boxes and deliver 3,500 December holiday boxes to Portlanders in need. The boxes contain everything needed to make a holiday meal.

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Our onsite clothing store “THREADZ” carries new and gently used clothing items. Each client is allowed to browse the store and take home a grocery sized paper bag full of clothes, a coat and a pair of shoes for each member of their household.

Eligibility for Services: To receive regular services one must live in the City of Portland and one of the following must apply:

• have someone 18 years old and younger dependent upon them in their household 
• receive social security/ disability income 
• veterans/ widowed veterans pension 
• over the age of 62 
• receive SNAP benefits

Threadz Hours: 
Monday – Friday (Monday subject to availability) 
9:30am – 11:00am (first 8 households) 
12:30p – 3:00pm (first 8 households) 
Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm (first 12 households)

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The Sunshine Division distributes more than 1.2 million pounds of free food annually to a network of more than 20 local hunger relief organizations. We serve four counties surrounding the Portland-metro area and do not charge our agency partners for food or distribution fees.

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Sunshine Division does not charge our clients or partner agencies for food or clothing that we provide. There are no “shared contribution” costs, “food to buy” programs or fees associated with our food and clothing assistance programs.

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For more than 30 years the Sunshine Division has funded and worked with the Portland Police Bureau to identify school-age children living within the city of Portland whose families cannot afford to outfit them with new school clothes. Through our Izzy’s Kids fund, the Sunshine Division pairs nearly 500 low-income children with an officer to provide a unique one-on-one shopping experience for new school clothing at a local Fred Meyer store. Students feel good showing up to school in new clothes and they gain a positive experience with a police officer in the process!

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Sunshine Division is a grassroots organization that believes your donations should go toward our mission, not excessive administrative expenses. Our efforts are being noticed. Charity Navigator has awarded us 3 consecutive 4-out-of-4 star awards for our fiscal transparency and efficiency (only 12% of charities nationally have received this rating). No other food relief organization in Portland has received this designation.

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Our unique partnership with our founders, the Portland Police, allows Sunshine Division the ability to identify and respond to hunger issues 24/7. A Sunshine Division food box can be delivered to a home within an hour of receiving a call for help. Roughly 1,000 emergency food boxes are delivered to Portland homes by an officer each year when all other food relief organizations are closed. Officers can also refer distressed Portlanders to Sunshine Division for service (when responding to calls and wellness checks) by filling out an officer referral card.

Our Founders, Our History: 
It was 1922, the economy had taken a dip, and the City of Portland had to lay off some 40 police officers. To compensate for this loss, then mayor George Baker gathered volunteer civilians to serve in emergency situations-a group eventually called the Portland Police Reserve. The Reserves found themselves responding to widespread poverty in Portland by collecting food to fill Christmas baskets that were delivered to Portlanders in need.

They were quickly dubbed “George Baker’s Sunshine Boys,” as they spread sunshine to the households they visited. The early KGW radio variety show “Hoot Owls” took up the cause, devoting a segment-or division-of the program to soliciting donations of food and funds from listeners for the Sunshine Boys. And so was born the “Sunshine Division.” By the time Christmas of 1923 rolled around, the uniformed police, as well as the Police Reserve volunteers were collecting food and delivering it to hungry families. Soon the charity found a home on the second floor of the East Precinct station at SE 7th & Alder. In 1938 it moved into a recently vacated police precinct station at 38 NE Russell Street, then to our current N. Thompson location in 1975.

More than nine decades after those early humanitarian efforts by uniformed and volunteer police – and still in a vital partnership with Portland Police Bureau – Sunshine Division continues its fundamental.

If you need assistance or want to learn about eligibility for our services & programs, click here.  

If your nonprofit agency would like to be in our agency network, please contact 503-823-2347

Food

Monday - Friday:
9:30 to 11:00am &
12:30pm to 3:30pm

Saturday:
9:30am to 1:00pm

Clothing

Monday - Friday:
9:30 to 11:00am
(first 12 households) &
12-30pm to 3:00pm
(first 12 households)

Food

Wednesday – Friday
9:30am to 11:00am
12:30pm to 3:30pm

Saturday:
9:00am to 1:00pm

Clothing

Wednesday – Friday
9:30am – 11:00am (first 8 households)
the last client check-in at 10:30am
12:30 pm – 3:00pm (first 12 households)

Saturday:
9:00am – 12:30pm (first 12 households)

Food

Monday - Friday:
9:30 to 11:00am &
12:30pm to 3:30pm

Saturday:
9:30am to 1:00pm

Clothing

Monday - Friday:
9:30 to 11:00am
(first 12 households) &
12-30pm to 3:00pm
(first 12 households)

Food

Wednesday – Friday
9:30am to 11:00am
12:30pm to 3:30pm

Saturday:
9:00am to 1:00pm

Clothing

Wednesday – Friday
9:30am – 11:00am (First 8 households)
the last client check-in at 10:30am
12:30 pm – 3:00pm (First 12 households)

Saturday:
9:00am – 12:30pm (First 12 households)