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Oregon’s grocery delivery non-profit helps fight food insecurity one shopping list at a time

Food insecurity is a severe problem in the United States. Seniors face one of the higher-risks for food insecurity in the U.S.  A 2016 report released by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that 41.2 million people in the United States are living in food insecure households. That leaves nearly one in every six seniors in America facing the threat of hunger and malnourishment. Locally, the Food Research & Action Center's combined report with the AARP found that 7.9 percent of Oregon's seniors face food insecurity, with only about 60 percent of eligible seniors accessing their available SNAP benefits.

Food insecurities can result from several combined factors, including "limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways,” as defined by a study published in The Journal of Nutrition. Additionally, food insecurity can stem from an inability to access food due to transportation or mobility challenges. Seniors face increased health risks when they can't access adequate amounts of nutritional foods. Seniors are 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack, 52 percent more likely to develop asthma, and 41 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure when they are malnourished.


Meeting the nutritional needs of the local home-bound community

Oregon's Store to Door program was established in 1989 to provide grocery assistance to those unable to grocery shop on their own. Extending beyond just seniors, Store to Door helps Oregon's home-bound community make use of their SNAP benefits, receive reliable grocery delivery and even pick-up prescriptions and other necessary household goods. As Multnomah Counties preferred grocery assistance provider, Store to Door has been approved through the State-run SNAP program to utilize a client’s SNAP benefits on their behalf. But Store to Door provides an even more vital service to their house-bound clients. “A huge portion of Store to Door’s benefit is the social connection our volunteers build with our clients,” says Kelsey Hecker, Store to Door Volunteer Coordinator. “Since they are home-bound, we might be the only person these folks interact with on a weekly basis. A friendly, regular face brings their groceries and goes beyond just a drop-off service. Our volunteers help clients with the extra things like unpacking the food, putting it away and staying for a chat.”

Easy ways to help Store to Door
Unlike a meal delivery program, Store to Door fulfills a client’s own shopping list – including prescriptions, home goods, and pet supplies. Clients often face financial difficulties as well as mobility issues, so coupons can go a long way to helping them attain certain items on their list. Collecting those coupons on their behalf is an added service Door to Store provides.

“Many of our clients have mobility issues which can make cutting their own coupons, or searching for coupons online challenging,” explains Hecker. “Providing these coupons helps to cut costs for our clients and helps them to enjoy their preferred brands. Everyone loves a good deal, and that’s even more important on a fixed income.”

YCL has a DIY coupon-clipping volunteer opportunity for Store to Door is suitable for even our youngest Team Members. The project counts toward 3 hours of volunteer time for each participant (don’t forget to put in these hours manually through your YCL Member Portal). Here’s how it works:


1.     Cut out coupons that Store to Door can use (FRED MEYER COUPONS ARE PREFERRED, or coupons that can be used at Fred Meyer) with date ranges spanning a least one month ahead. (See below)

2.     Sort coupons by value (50 cents or greater, remove coupons less than 50 cents)

3.     Sort coupons by expiration month (January pile, February pile, etc.)

4.     Take each month pile and sort by week. Weeks go from Wednesday to the following Tuesday. For example:

1.     April 5 – Tues. April 11

2.     April 12 – Tues. April 18

3.     April 19 – Tues. April 25

5.     When finished sorting by week, store coupons in separate envelopes and label. For example:
April Coupons – Week 1, April 5-April 11 (write on the envelope or use a post-it note!)

Coupons to cut:

·       Any Food Items

·       Any Household Items

·       Any Toiletries

Coupons NOT to cut:

·       Nothing less than 50 cents

·       No Buy One Get One Free Coupons

·       No Baby Items (except shampoo, wipes, lotion & baby shampoo)

·       No Camera & Film items

·       No Contact lens items

·       No Acne products

·       No Pediatric Medicines

·       No Coupons for stores other than Fred Meyer

·       No Expired Coupons

Deliver or mail coupons to the Store to Door office as soon as you can so the date ranges are appropriate!

Store to Door
7730 SW 31st Ave
Portland, OR 97219

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Emily Zahniser