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Can anyone shop at the St. Johns Food Share?
Yes, as long as monthly membership dues are current.
Membership is open to all, with no income limits.
Do you have to live in St. Johns to be a member?
No. We have members from across Metro Portland.
How much does it cost to become a member?
Individual members or households pay just $30 per month. Members pay month to month, and there is no annual contract. Members shop in the store twice a week at no additional cost. Members must remain current with payments (due by the 10th each month) to be able to shop. Membership may be paid in cash at the facility. Online payments coming soon.
Can I try shopping before deciding I want to join?
Come visit and shop for free one time (1 bag of groceries offered, within our regular open hours) to see if St. Johns Food Share is a good fit for you. Shopping hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 am-12:30 pm. We are also open Friday evenings from 5-7PM.
How many times can you shop each month?
Individual members, or a representative of the member, can visit twice a week to shop for food.
Is there a limit to how much food you can get?
Amounts of many food items have quantity limits, so there will be enough for all. When there is enough of certain items then you may take as much as you can use. There is no limit on the total number of pounds of food you can take.
What is the volunteer time commitment?
Each member (or a member from a household) gives at least several hours each month. There are many tasks, from helping in the warehouse to assisting members with check-out. Some tasks are available outside of regular shopping days and hours. Help out at the store each time you shop, or arrange an alternate time to fit your life. We welcome non-member volunteers as well.
Why do all members have to contribute time?
We count on each other to get the work done in our food sharing group. There are no paid staff, so we work together by giving our time each month. Some members contribute several hours a month, and many give far more hours.
What if I am disabled?
The store is ADA accessible. We work with members to find a duty that is a good fit for you. There are many types of things to do, and we can nearly always find something for everyone, from sorting produce to greeting members when they arrive.
Can I pay more and not work?
No. Each member or member household pays the same price and giving your time is part of being a member.
Can I work more and not pay?
No. We depend on our $30 monthly dues to cover our basic operating costs like rent, utilities, supplies, and repairs.
Do you accept SNAP or WIC?
We are not able to accept SNAP or WIC. The $30 monthly dues must be in cash to support operating expenses like rent, utilities, gas to pick up food donations, etc.
Is childcare available?
No, but children are welcome in the facility when supervised by an adult.