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We Provide a Community For Families Falling Through the Cracks

Birch Community Services addresses the roots of hunger and economic hardship in our community of Portland, Oregon through: 

  • Supplying groceries and household items to save money in order to pursue financial goals
  • Providing financial courses and one-on-one meetings to educate and advise on how to effectively achieve financial goals
  • Creating a community of dignity and accountability through participants volunteering together

Our mission is to build a financially stable community by providing education, food, and nurturing accountability.

Fast Facts 2023

Families Served: 1000+

In 2023, BCS served over 1000 households who came to us with an average of $25,000 worth of debt. Read more about living wages in the Portland Metro area. 

Nonprofit Agencies Served: 68

Birch serves 68 other nonprofit agencies and food pantries each week, reaching about 45,000 people.

Products Redistributed: 13.9 million lbs

Over 300 generous food growers, processors, distributors, and retailers give food and household items to help working, struggling families. 

Number of One-On-One Meetings: 1,627

Every family who joins our Sustainable Families Program will have one-on-one meetings every six months with one of our financial counselors. These meetings result in a financial plan and strategy, tailored to drive individual families’ toward success. In addition to these valuable meetings we also had 637 class participants in our financial education courses.

Average Net Impact: $18,966 per family

As families work to pay off debt and save up for emergencies, we are seeing a net impact of $18,966 per family throughout their time on the program. 

Total Volunteer Hours Worked: 33,690

BCS relied on 2,120 volunteers in 2023, including every participant’s family. This added up to 33,690 volunteer hours (a $673,800+ value!).

Check out our blog: The Birch Blog!

Get inspired to work towards your family’s financial goals, keeping your values in focus, all while you have fun serving your family delicious meals!

The Sustainable Families Program

BCS helps families set and achieve goals through alleviating the emotional and financial burden of food insecurity, while providing financial coaching. 

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Volunteer as an Individual

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Volunteer as a Group

Our Community Partners
Over two hundred and eighty community partners donate food, clothing, footwear, and small household items to help address poverty in our community.


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Quick Info

Participant Shoppers must sign up for a time slot prior to arrival.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Last shopper accepted at 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Schedule 2024 (BCS is closed)

  • Memorial Day (Monday, May 27)
  • Independence Day (Thursday, July 4)
  • Labor Day (Monday, September 2)
  • Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28)
  • Black Friday (Friday, November 29)
  • Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25)
When a closure falls on your shopping day, please choose a different shopping day that week. 
All other weeks will be open regular Monday, Wednesday, and Friday hours (including MLK Day, and President’s Day)
Weather/emergency closures (snow or ice) will be posted on the front page of the website, Facebook, and sent via email.


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