Our Programs

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 Pantry Open 6 Days a Week

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!

Emergency Home Delivery Program

During the year 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 crisis, Sunshine Division launched an expanded emergency food delivery program. With the help of the Portland Police Bureau, and numerous local supporters, we provided more than 4.8 MILLION meals to over 180,000 households through our two food pantries, home deliveries, and bulk food distribution program. This ongoing food delivery model continues to help meet the growing need thousands of local families are experiencing by providing free food so that no goes hungry.

NOTICE: For the time being, our clothing rooms are closed.

Clothing Room Open 6 Days a Week

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 North: 
Monday – Friday
9:30am – 11:00am (first 8 households) 
12:30p – 3:00pm (first 8 households) 
Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm (first 12 households)

Threadz Hours SE:                                Tuesday – Friday
9:30am – 11:00am (first 8 households) 
12:30p – 3:00pm (first 8 households) 
Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm (first 12 households) 

Partnering with First Responders

Our unique partnership with the Portland Police Bureau 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. We are immensely grateful for this ongoing partnership with the Portland Police Bureau and are proud of the support we can provide together to our most vulnerable neighbors.

24/7 Emergency Food Boxes & Holiday Boxes

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 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 500 Thanksgiving boxes and deliver 3,800 December holiday boxes to Portlanders in need. The boxes contain everything needed to make a holiday meal.

Izzy's Kids "Shop with a Cop"

For more than 30 years 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, 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!

100% Free Food & Clothing to Clients & Agencies

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.

Over $0.90 of Every Dollar Goes Toward our Mission

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 9 consecutive 4-out-of-4 star awards for our fiscal transparency and efficiency (only 4% of charities nationally have received this rating). No other food relief organization in Portland has received this designation.

Partnering with Agencies in 4 Counties

Sunshine Division distributes more than 1.2 million pounds of free food annually to a network of more than 50 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.

Food

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

Saturday:
9:00am to 1:00pm

More Info

Legacy Gifts

Supporting the Sunshine Division for Generations to Come

We know you care about families struggling to get by. And you know that your regular gifts to the Sunshine Division are a vital part of the support and HOPE we provide to people experiencing hunger.

Now there is a way you can assure that your generosity will continue to support those most in need for decades to come. Legacy or Planned gifts through your estate assure the Sunshine Division will here for our community’s most vulnerable residents both now and in the future.

Leave a legacy.  To learn more about how to help us achieve our vision of assuring that emergency food relief is always available to ALL hungry people in our community, please review the following ways to make a meaningful charitable gift through your estate or call Marcie Kessel at 503-320-2638 or 

Make a Bequest Gift

A bequest through your will is one of the simplest, most widely used and flexible ways to make a planned gift. You pay nothing now but make a real difference in the lives of others. If you have already made provisions for the Sunshine Division in your estate plans, download our Estate Giving Confirmation form [Heritage Society Form]. We would appreciate the opportunity to thank you now for the difference your gift will make for years to come.

Sample Language
The following language can be used to make an estate gift to the Sunshine Division:

  • Unrestricted Gift: “I give (a specific asset) or ($__ dollars) or (__ percent of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate) to the Sunshine Division, Inc., Portland, Oregon, for its general purposes.”
  • Specific Use Gift: “I give (a specific asset) or ($__ dollars) or (__ percent of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate) to the Sunshine Division, Inc., Portland, Oregon, to be used for the following purpose: (state the purpose, e.g., to fund annual holiday food boxes, to support Izzy’s Kids, or other purpose)“If at any time in the judgment of the Sunshine Division Board it is impossible or impracticable to carry out exactly the designated purpose, the Board shall determine an alternative purpose as near as possible to the designated purpose.”
  • Important Information for Your Attorney/Advisor
  • Please note: The Sunshine Division’s activities and programs change over time and the needs of future generations may not be in alignment with current programs. If you indicate a specific use for your estate gift, the following language will grant the Sunshine Division the authority to respond to changing needs:
  • Legal Name: Sunshine Division, Inc.
    Tax ID# 93-
    0429354 – an Oregon non-profit corporation
    Physical and Mailing Address: 687 North Thompson Street, Portland, OR 97227

* The purpose of this information is for general knowledge and is not meant to be legal advice. Tax deductions vary based on applicable federal laws. It is recommended that you consult your attorney when preparing your bequest/will.

Life Insurance

You can designate the Sunshine Division as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Contact your advisor to make arrangements.

Retirement Plans/IRA Gifts

Whether you have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a company retirement plan (or a combination) you can choose a charity like the Sunshine Division as the final beneficiary of any remaining funds which you or your loved ones do not use. Or you can designate all (or a percentage) of your retirement fund account to benefit one or more charities without losing any income during your lifetime.

Advantages for Donors

  • The donor retains all income rights and benefits of the fund assets for his/her lifetime—nothing is transferred prior to the donor’s death. The property passes on to your designated beneficiaries upon death.
  • Gifts bypass income tax that would otherwise be assessed to heirs at death.
  • Possible estate tax savings.
  • Contact your fund administrator for more information and to request a change of beneficiary form.

Contact Us:

Do you have questions or want to discuss other ways you can give? Please give us a call! We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your advisors, and help you decide on the type of gift that works best for you, your family and the Sunshine Division. Contact Kyle Camberg at kyle@sunshinedivision.org or 503-823-2131.

Food

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

Saturday:
9:00am to 1:00pm

COVID-19 Update: We remain open at both locations for clients to continue receiving emergency food boxes near the outside entrances. For our hours and locations, visit our "Get Help" page.

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