As more of our neighbors feel the economic impact of the pandemic, local organizations are adding services, and new organizations are forming to support our community. Here are the latest updates on the food and shelter fronts in Benton County. Please check each organization’s website for details on dates, times, locations and eligibility requirements. Many of these groups are local nonprofits that welcome monetary donations.
- Corvallis Environmental Center’s Food for Families program continues to provide fresh fruits and vegetables from their Starker Arts Garden to the school district other local relief agencies.
- Garfield Elementary School Mobile Pantry has moved to the St. Vincent de Paul location, and the school district is working with families to help them access food at this new location. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry provides food for hundreds of families every month.
- It’s On Us (IOU), a new group started by Corvallis residents in response to the COVID-19 economic crisis, has been providing hundreds of meals every week for those need them, while supporting local restaurants.
- Meals on Wheels is reopening their Elks Lodge meal site for prepared meal pick-up. The service is open to anyone in the community age 60 or better.
- Oregon Food Bank keeps an updated list of food assistance sites and resources.
- Pandemic-EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) is a new government program providing cash to more than 350,000 Oregon children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Newly-eligible families can apply to receive this benefit. This extra grocery money is in addition to the grab and go meals being handed out by the Corvallis School District. Immigration status does not matter for this new program.
- South Benton Food Pantry in Monroe will soon be expanding service for seniors, including additional food boxes and prepared meals available for pick-up or delivery. They continue to serve the public with free monthly propane refills.
- Stone Soup serves at least one meal a day, every day, to anyone in need. Current locations include Lincoln School, St. Mary’s Church, First Christian Church, and the Hygiene Center.
- Village Food Pantry is now distributing food in Adair Village, in partnership with Linn Benton Food Share.
- Western Oregon University conducted a food security survey in May and will be sharing the results with emergency food, public health and associated organizations to support future planning related to the pandemic.
- Benton County Fairgrounds is allowing some car and RV camping for eligible individuals, couples and families who are experiences homelessness. People must be referred by a homeless service provider; see the resources at Benton County Recovers to get help with a referral. To be eligible, people must be homeless with a licensed vehicle or RV, and be either medically vulnerable or over age 65. More information from the county about support and services for people experiences homelessness can be found on the county’s website.
- Community Services Consortium’s Rental Relief Program is now offering funds from Oregon Housing and Community Services to eligible renters in Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties. The funds support low-income families, people lacking unemployment insurance, undocumented families, and those who work in the service/food/hospitality industries.
- The Room at the Inn is providing emergency shelter services for women experiencing houselessness in the Corvallis area. The shelter typically serves 8-12 women at a time and has room available at this time for those in need. To learn more about how to access care or how you can support their mission, visit their Facebook page for further information.