Our Response to COVID-19

When the COVID-19 crisis began in March 2020, we at St. Vincent dePaul Vancouver responded immediately, changing our operations so that we can continue to serve our clients while maintaining a safe environment for everyone who comes to our Stapleton Road facility. With help from the Clark County Food Bank, the USDA, food drives and our supporting Catholic parishes, we’ve been able to provide the blessing of good food for many families, as well as hundreds of bag lunches to our homeless community.

During the month of April 2020, we served 1,955 households with 79,886 pounds of food, an average of 100 food boxes supplied daily. Although we’ve suspended our clothing and household goods services for now, we’ve supplied a few basic hygiene items with each food box.

In addition to the rent support the Society ordinarily provides, we have also been able to assist many more local families with rent payments at this time, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington for this specific need. We also received a $25,000 grant through the Foundation's Hansen Family Fund for "greatest need", which gives us flexibility to assist our clients with other necessities such as utility payments, laundry service, emergency shelter, etc.

Elizabeth Bell, who works as an individual provider in Vancouver, from left, waits to pick up food for a client as Nicholas Chandler, also of Vancouver, picks up food off a conveyer belt with the help of volunteer Maggie Bomber of St. Vincent de Paul Vancouver on Thursday morning. St. Vincent de Paul Vancouver has been one of the busiest food pantries during the pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Amanda Cowan/The Columbian