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Portland paper salutes SVdP "mobile pantry"

The Bee newspaper in Portland recently recognized the pantry at Our Lady of Sorrows for its work delivering food to residents in the Woodstock area of Portland. The reporter wrote that what makes the OLOS pantry unique is that, unlike other pantries serving the same area, OLOS delivers food.

Karen Meade (left) with husband Jim, packing a box in the Our Lady of Sorrows pantry.

George Kolibaba Sr. started the OLOS pantry over 90 years ago. OLOS co-president Jim Meade manages the pantry today, and is helped by some 30 volunteers.

OLOS' other co-president, Jim's wife Karen, was interviewed in the Bee article. She noted how the pantry is operated fully with volunteers, who also screen recipients for other needs, such as help paying rent, or paying utility bills.

Most volunteers are Catholic, but the pantry welcomes all people interested in helping others.

"We are always looking for more volunteers," Karen said. "Our volunteers are really a family community that works together to help our neighbors in need."

You can learn more about becoming a St. Vincent de Paul volunteer by clicking our Support Us link.

To read the full article in The Bee, click below.

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