My name is Katherine Pauley. I am a 29-year-old Portland native. This is my testament as to how the Linnton Community Center Food Bank has positively affected the lives of my little family.
Almost a year ago now, my mother in law suggested to me that I try out the food pantry on highway 30 in Linnton. That first time was overwhelming and exciting. I was immediately aware of how warm and welcoming the entire staff is. It was very apparent that everyone there puts their hears and souls into this work. I was awe struck at the quality of food the team strives to provide us. The saying “beggars can’t be choosers” does not apply at the Linnton Community Center Food Bank. I walk away from that pantry with the confidence that despite my low socio-economic status, I will no longer be forced to prepare unhealthy garbage for my family. After receiving that kind of genuine consideration, it tends to make one feel like less of a burden. The most important thing the Linnton Community Center Food Bank has given me is having eliminated my fear and shame that comes with being unable to provide my child with fresh, healthy food on a consistent basis. You can’t put a price on that sense of relief.
I have also been blessed with the opportunity of getting to know this beautiful community through volunteering. I have learned a great deal about myself and the world through this experience. My hope is to continue with volunteering as often as I can, as well as to get more involved.
I am genuinely grateful I came across this humble and inviting space. They have changed the way we see ourselves and given us hope. This place has changed my life and I can only imagine masses of people eager to say the same. To me, I see the ethos of Linnton Community Center Food Bank as being revolved around uplifting and elevating any and everyone who crosses their thresholds. I can’t think of any other place like it and hope it is around for years to come.
Thank you for your time.