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Northeast Emergency Food Program at Luther Memorial
For over 2,000 people each month, NEFP is neighbor to those in need.

As Oregon’s unemployment level remains high and health and child care costs steadily increase, the number of our neighbors in need continues to rise. Compounding problems for many are high energy and housing expenses. More and more families in our community face precarious living circumstances, many of them perpetually struggling on the brink of crisis. This is where NEFP stands in the gap. View our latest NEFP Information Sheet.

For questions or information, contact NEFP.

Who We Are Donations Food & Faith
Our Services Volunteers Operating Hours
Our Supporters Community Food Security Contact Us

Who We Are
Northeast Emergency Food Program meets the urgent food needs of our north and northeast Portland neighbors while working to develop community solutions to secure access to adequate, affordable and healthy food. We ground our work in the belief that nutritious food is a basic human need and a building block for a healthy life of possibility.

Northeast Emergency Food Program is a vital part of the community ministry network of the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Our food program is a community-based response to the unmet food needs of our neighbors. We primarily serve:
• Families with children; over 40 percent of our recipients are children.
• The working poor.
• People with special needs, including the sick and the elderly.
• A high percentage of Immigrants and refugees.

Our Services
We provide emergency and urgent care:
• Three to five day supply of nutritious groceries (up to three times in a six-month period).
• Produce and bread (as available) daily.
• Gently used clothing for the whole family.
• Weekend food backpacks to homeless children in neighborhood schools.

If you would like to receive an emergency food box, please bring an ID and shopping bags. For questions, contact NEFP.

Our commitment to nurturing community food security includes:
• Offering community gardening opportunities.
• Coordinating neighborhood food workshops.
• Educating and empowering community groups and individuals around local food issues.
• Building community partnerships to ensure a comprehensive safety net for our neighbors in need.

To get involved, contact NEFP.

Our Supporters
Our dignified and equitable service is a reflection of a whole network of committed volunteers. As a neighborhood food resource, we rely heavily on the regular support and involvement of churches, individuals, local businesses and foundation grants. Your generosity helps us to continue meeting the needs of over 500 families each month.

To help us meet the sharply increased demand for our services, we are looking for 30 new sustaining partners: individuals and families who will commit $5 to $200 a month on an ongoing basis. Sustaining partners keep us serving year in and year out. Donate now.

NEFP depends on a broad network of partners who provide in-kind donations including:

  • Staples – rice, dried beans
  • Canned goods – protein foods, vegetables, fruit, soup, tomato products
  • Packaged goods – pasta, mac & cheese, rice, beans, flour, oatmeal, cereals
  • Frozen goods – meat, vegetables, fruit
  • Fresh foods – produce (fruits and vegetables), eggs
  • Dairy products – milk (fresh and powdered), cheese, yogurt
  • Baked goods – bread, pastries, desserts
  • Personal care items – diapers, toilet paper
Our donors include the Oregon Food Bank, the USDA, local groceries and bakeries, neighborhood gardens, local congregations, civic organizations and individuals. To find out how you can donate these items, contact NEFP.

NEFP volunteers unloading foodVolunteers
Northeast Emergency Food Program depends on over 120 volunteers giving more than 1,000 hours every month to deliver and organize 12 tons of donated food, greet and assist our guests and pack emergency food boxes for 500 families in need.

To learn more about volunteering at NEFP, view NEFP Volunteer Opportunities. Read the article "A View of NEFP from the inside out," written by volunteer Elizabeth Knorr.

We can definitely use your help! To volunteer or for more information, please contact our program manager, Travis Niemann.

What Is "Community Food Security"?
Community Food Security:

  • Broadens the traditional concept of hunger.
  • Is when all people have consistent access to nutritionally adequate, culturally appropriate and reasonably affordable food at all times through non-emergency sources.
  • Embraces a systemic approach to the causes of hunger and poor nutrition within the local, national and international communities.
  • Complements the emergency food system; reliance on charitable food donations is an unfortunate but necessary component of life for low-income families living on the brink of crisis.
  • Focuses on building resources to increase self reliance, while food banks and community pantries distribute free food to the hungry to meet their immediate needs.

Community food projects are designed to increase food security. Projects attempt to increase the food resource network to include:

  • Farmers’ markets
  • Community supported agriculture
  • Traditional and non-traditional grocers
  • Community gardens
  • Co-ops and buying clubs
  • Food pantries
  • Micro-enterprise programs

Food and Faith
Faith-based food programs represent over half of all food-related services providing directly to families in need. Food plays a central role in all faith traditions as a symbol, a place where faith meets the practice of sharing, a means to nurture fellowship and a way to enjoy the goodness of creation. Faith communities have the potential to bring food back to the center of our faith and daily lives and away from the periphery. Clearly, people of faith and congregations directly and greatly impact the lives of our neighbors.

Operating Hours
Northeast Emergency Food Program at Luther Memorial is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Client Services: 1 to 4 p.m.
Volunteers Needed: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (and other times for deliveries)
Donations received: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Phone: (503) 284-5470

Travis Niemann, Program Manager
April Long, Program Assistant

NEFP at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 4800 NE 72nd Ave., Portland (at Wygant between Prescott and Killingsworth). View map. Open to clients from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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