MEDFORD, Ore. — With so many people still unemployed, more people are turning to food banks for support. St. Vincent de Paul in Medford isn't letting people through its door, but that isn't stopping it from helping the community.
The local food pantry is giving out free services to those in need throughout the week. St. Vincent's hands out free bagged meals and groceries that were bought and donated. It also offers other services, like mail and emergency grocery bag pickups.
Food services are provided at the front door, though patrons can't come inside. Five chefs rotate through and help cook the food.
"We have somebody that stands at the door and we hand out the box of meal, and in the sack we usually have some kind of fruit and a dessert and a drink that they can take with them," said Charlotte Martinson, kitchen manager at St. Vincent's. "Everybody's welcome to come down and grab a meal every day."
Organizers hopes the dine-in service will be ready to reopen in the Fall.
"We have multiple services here at St. Vincent," said Martinson, kitchen manager. "We have social services, we have the kitchen that provides hot meals or sandwiches every day, Monday through Friday, and we have the pantry that has bagged groceries that we give out twice a month on the last two Fridays of the month. Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays we also hand out mail that comes here for the patrons we serve."
St. Vincent is also offering free shower and laundry services on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can learn more about all of the services they offer here.