We exist, in partnership with SW Hope and Neighborhood House, to:
Love our Neighbors. Feed the Hungry. Empower our Community. Ensure that all have Hope.
About SW Hope: Feed the Hungry
Simply, we run so our neighbors don’t have to go hungry.
Neighborhood House, founded in 1905, has worked for over a century to meet the needs of low-income families, from children to seniors, living in the greater Portland community. They have multiple programs that provide for tangible needs, like food on the table, as well as the intangibles, like education.
Every spring, multiple Southwest Portland Faith Organizations and Community Partners join hands to meet the need of hunger specifically, by working to supply Neighborhood House’s food pantry, the largest food pantry west of the Willamette.
What can $1 buy me at a grocery store? One, maybe two, canned goods at the most. For $1, Neighborhood House can buy 4 pounds of food directly from Oregon Food Bank. We quickly realized we could turn a simple canned food drive into a huge tool to empower Neighborhood House and reach hundreds more hungry neighbors.
Last year, we were blown away by the many folks who joined hands with us - together we raised the equivalent of more than 22,000 pounds for the Emergency Food Box Program at Neighborhood House! This year, we have the potential for even greater impact, thanks to the incredible generosity of the Richard and Helen Phillips Charitable Fund. They have pledged to match dollar for dollar every SW Hope 5k/1k participant's registration fee up to $5000!! That means 8 pounds of food for every $1!
This is where you come in. We invite you to run with us in our second annual SW Hope Feed the Hungry 5K because each $1 we raise together far outweighs it’s worth in canned goods individually. If we run together, our neighbors here in SW Portland won’t have to experience the insecurity of not knowing where their next meal is coming from.
"You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land."
- Deuteronomy 15:11