God’s Portion serves organizations directly aiding the most vulnerable members of our community by procuring, transporting, storing, and disbursing: fresh, high quality, and nutritionally dense food in order to alleviate food insecurity and hunger in Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King, Pierce, Thurston, and Lewis Counties.
A large portion of our work is obtaining the food we give away. We have a network of many companies that donate. Some of our products are delivered to us but we also operate a group of trucks and semis that make several trips a week bringing in the supplies from multiple locations in and out of state.
Although we have no salaried personnel, we do have a lot of expenses – our operating budget exceeds $200,000 annually. As an example: fuel, maintenance and insurance for our trucks exceed $100,000 a year per truck. We make a constant effort to seek out grant money, but a hefty portion of our funding comes from individuals and small companies.
We welcome all donations. This can include a bag of things purchased along with your regular groceries or extra produce from your garden. Perhaps you are in a position with your company to send surplus or rejected shipments as a tax write off. However you give, it goes to the people who need it most.
We need CDL and box truck drivers, gleaners, mechanics, and grant writers. If you have time and a skill that you think would be useful to us and you would like to contribute, please let us know. We need your help.
Our distribution center exists to supply food to organizations that serve individuals and families. Although the offering varies, it always includes fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, bread and oftentimes, even something for the family pet. The organizations we support in various communities also include drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, senior centers, and groups that prepare meals to serve those in need.
We have over 200 volunteers, 60 of whom are regular volunteers. These people work as gleaners of the food that comes in, as truck drivers and other trades that provide maintenance on our vehicles and equipment. We have office help and people running forklifts. All of this is donated labor. There are no paid staff people. Despite our limitations, we distribute 1,000,000 pounds of food a month, with about 60 percent fit for human consumption. Food unfit for human consumption never goes to waste – it’s sent to local family farms where it’s used to feed animals or for soil enrichment, diverting hundreds of thousands of pounds of food that would otherwise have been sent to landfills.