THE FRANCIS CENTER WELCOMES YOU
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The Francis Center is a non-profit food and clothing pantry started by Catholic Franciscan priests over 50 years ago. In the spirit of St. Francis, we strive to feed and clothe the most vulnerable in our society.
Today the lay volunteers that work at the Francis Center are from all faiths. We supply food boxes, clothing, toiletries and household goods to the community in East Multnomah County.
Whether it be homelessness, health issues, unemployment, underemployment or immigration issues, the Francis Center is there to help disadvantaged residents break the cycle of poverty and hunger. Our focus is on the vulnerable - serving the needy no matter their age, race, religion or sexual orientation.
Rudy joined the Francis Center in 2016 helping in the food room. With help from Don Gainer, Rudy was called to step into the roll as director in November 2021. He is committed to continuing the mission of the Francis Center as a place to serve hope to the most vulnerable in SE Portland.
We serve zip codes 97266, 97206, 97215, 97216.
Food boxes are available to east county residents Monday thru Thursday from 10am -2pm. Typically we provide canned goods, rice, pastas, flour, bread, beans, oatmeal, cereal, milk, yogurt, cheese, various meats (chicken, pork, beef and fish) plus an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables. Our grocery boxes are nutritionally dense and hit all the major food groups.
We politely request that visits are limited to once per month. If you are houseless we will serve you once per week.
Clothes are available to east county residents Monday thru Thursday from 10am - 1:30pm. Volunteers organize and display clothing for men, women and children so clients can easily browse our selection. Typically we have coats, shirts, dresses, pants, shorts, underwear, socks, shoes, hats and belts. We also have toiletries, blankets and other miscellaneous household items available. We politely request that visits be limited to once per month for clothing.
*Covid-19 update: Due to the pandemic, clothing is only being offered as requested by our clients. Browsing inside our facility is not allowed. Upon request, we will fill your clothing needs and hand them out to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
If you want to donate or volunteer, please give us a call during business hours.
We accept food donations from the Oregon Food Bank, USDA, Franz Bread, Dave's Killer Bread and private parties.
We accept clothing primarily from private donations. We request clothing be donated in clean and good condition.
We accept cash donations primarily in the form of cash or checks. Make checks payable to Francis Center. We are moving toward accepting electronic funds via credit cards, PayPal, etc.
Volunteering is always welcome at the Francis Center. Help in all areas is needed. We currently have 45 volunteers that help serve the community.
VISIT THE FRANCIS CENTER
Food Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am-2pm
Clothing Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-1:30pm
6535 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
PO Box 66336 Portland, OR 97290
The Francis Center will be closed on Monday September 5th for Labor Day.
A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
March 31, 2022
Dear Francis Center friends,
Spring has sprung at the Center. We are in full bloom serving the community of SE Portland with food and clothing four days a week. As the pandemic continues to decrease, we soon hope to welcome our guests back into the Center. But for now, we continue to serve our guests outside the facility and take every precaution to keep all of us safe. We are in the process of constructing a large "carport" next to our house that will enable us to more comfortably serve guests during inclement weather. We hope to have this project complete by early summer.
I also wanted to say thank you to several of our food and clothing donors that give to the Francis Center on a regular basis. These generous donors deserve a BIG THANK YOU for their support!
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Bob's Red Mill
Clackamas Service Center
Oregon Food Bank
SE Portland Community Gardens
Live Local Organics
And of course we are grateful for all the individual donors and foundations that have contributed so much to our mission. Together we make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.
Francis Center Director