The Good Samaritan Food Bank of North Portland

at 8160 N Jersey St, Portland, 97203 United States

The Good Samaritan Food Bank of North Portland is incorporated as a private, non-profit corporation that distributes food to the unemployed, the under-employed who cannot support their families as well as Senior Citizens in need.

The Good Samaritan Food Bank of North Portland
8160 N Jersey St
Portland , OR 97203
United States
Contact Phone
P: (503) 289-1255


Dedicated volunteers from the private sector who help by interviewing, keeping records, transporting food, packaging bulk supplies, filling out requisitions, collecting food from donors and countless other duties. This is an historic part of the life of America! Consider these words from a letter sent to France 160 years ago, the Frenchman Alexis De Tocqueville: "These Americans are the most peculiar people in the world. You'll not believe it when I tell you how they behave. In a local community in their country a citizen may conceive of some need which is not being met. What does he do? He goes across the street and discusses it with his neighbor. Then what happens? A committee comes into existence and then the committee begins functioning on behalf of that need, and you won't believe this but it's true. All this is done without reference to any bureaucrat. AH of this is done by the private citizens on their own initiative. "Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions consistently form associations... to give entertainments, to found seminaries, to build inns, to construct churches, to diffuse books, to send missionaries to the antipodes... The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens." Let's keep alive De Tocqueville's admiration ... ...of the way private citizens cooperate to fulfill a need. By becoming a volunteer, sharing your time & talents with others in this worthwhile project. By becoming a supporter of the Food Bank, through your contribution of food and/or finances.

General Info

Open every Monday and Thursday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM It was felt by the Churches and the former North Community Action Council, that it was necessary to have a Food Bank serving our community in North Portland. Dr. John I. Olivier was asked to serve as the Director in January 1983. He continued to organize and expand the efforts of compassion by many churches, civic organizations and businesses, until the time of his death in 1990. His wife, Cressy, continued to carry on the duties of Director until she passed away

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Hey everyone: don't forget that we're open every Monday and Thursday from 1 o'clock to 3 o'clock. Stop by and visit us!

Published on 2014-03-29 22:20:24 GMT

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Published on 2014-01-10 06:17:43 GMT

Thank you to all who attended our FUNdraising Spaghetti Dinner last night! We had a great turn-out and all enjoyed a spectacular meal!

Published on 2013-11-08 23:21:11 GMT

We're open every Monday and Thursday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM!

Published on 2013-10-09 18:11:43 GMT

Did you know that in 2013 The Good Samaritan Food Bank of North Portland helped to feed over 8978 people in St Johns and North Portland? We are on track to surpass that number this year. Help us help those in need. Consider a gift of food or monetary donation to the Good Samaritan Food Bank. Every little bit helps!

Published on 2014-11-18 19:18:32 GMT

Support the Good Samaritan Food Bank of North Portland and stop by the Grocery Outlet during the St. Johns Parade and buy a hot dog . All proceeds go to our local food bank and to families in need in St. Johns!

Published on 2014-05-04 04:16:16 GMT

Join us for a tasty fund raiser: SPAGHETTI DINNER!! This event will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2823 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97217. Adults: $6, Seniors and kids 6-12: $5 or a whole family for just $20! Help us raise funds to help families in need!!