Food Assistance

Fresh, local and healthy food should be available to all people, regardless of their means. Food assistance programs help build bridges to greater food security and improved nutrition for lower-income individuals and families. Read below for more details on each program. An interactive map with most regional food assistance resources is also available here.

Federal Assistance

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

Provides healthcare and nutrition assistance to low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women and infants under the age of five.

In Oregon: Oregon Health Authority

In Washington: Washington State Department of Health

SNAP/ EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

The program formerly known as food stamps provides supplemental benefits to eligible individuals and families

Find out if you might qualify for SNAP here.

In Oregon: Department of Human Services

In Washington: Department of Social and Health Services

Discounts and Vouchers at Local Farmers Markets / Farm Stands

SNAP / EBT Match

Most farmers markets in the Gorge accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. Gorge Grown offers SNAP customers an extra $5 free when they use their benefits at market. Stop by the info booth (orange tent) for more information.

Using SNAP at the market is easy!

See a full list of participating markets here.

WIC & Senior Vouchers

Provides families and seniors an additional source of nutritious food and education on selecting and preparing fresh produce.

In Oregon: Farm Direct Nutrition Program

In Washington: Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Veggie Rx

Gorge Grown’s Veggie Rx is a fruit and vegetable prescription program that provides individuals and families with vouchers to use at farmers markets and participating grocery stores. Find more info here.

To enroll, ask your healthcare provider about Veggie Rx.

Power of Produce (POP) Club

Gorge Grown Farmers Markets offer a free $2 token to the first 20 kids to visit the market info booth (orange tent). With POP tokens, kids can purchase their own fruits or vegetables from a local farmer

Gorge markets offering POP: Hood River Farmers Market, Mercado del Valle, Mosier Farmers Market, Stevenson Farmers Market, The Dalles Farmers Market, White Salmon Farmers Market.

Food Banks / Pantries

These food pantries provide groceries to those in need of emergency or occasional food assistance.

In Hood River County

FISH Food Bank– Serving Hood River County with several locations:

  • Cascade Locks- 140 SW Wa-Na-Pa St (Cascade Locks City Hall Gymnasium)

Hours of operation: Open the 4th Wednesday of the month 1:30PM – 3:30PM & the following Saturday of the month 12PM – 1PM

  • Hood River- 1130 Tucker Road

Hours of operation: Mondays 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:30 PM, Fridays 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Saturdays 10 AM – Noon

  • Odell- 3440 Odell Highway

Hours of operation: Thursdays 4:00 – 6:00 PM

  • Parkdale- 4910 Baseline Drive (Parkdale Community Church)

Hours of operation: Mondays 4:00 – 6:00 PM

 

Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry

  • Hood River- 1090 22nd Street

Hours of operation: Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30 AM

In Klickitat County

Washington Gorge Action Programs (WGAP)– Serving Klickitat County with several locations:

  • Goldendale- 104 Simcoe Drive

Hours of operation: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00AM – 1:00PM

  • Klickitat- 92 Main Street

Hours of operation: Wednesdays 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

  • Bingen- 115 W Steuben Street

Hours of operation: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (closed 12 – 1)

In Skamania County

Washington Gorge Action Program (WGAP)

  • Stevenson – 683 Rock Creek Drive

Hours of operation: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (closed 12 – 1)

In Wasco County

Salvation Army Food Pantry

  • The Dalles – 623 E. 3rd Street

Hours of operation: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 

Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry

  • The Dalles – 3339 E 13th Street

Hours of operation: Tuesdays 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

  • The Dalles – 505 W 9th Street

Hours of operation: Tuesdays 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Thursdays 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Gleaning

Gleaning is simply the act of collecting excess fresh foods from farms, gardens, farmers markets, grocers, restaurants, or any other sources in order to provide it to those in need.

Columbia Gorge Gleaning

An organization that coordinates the collection fresh fruits and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public and private orchards and backyard gardens. The produce recovered is donated to hunger relief groups across the Columbia Gorge region. Find more info here.

Goldendale Gleaners

A gleaning organization serving the greater Goldendale community. Find contact information for this group here.

Skamania Gleaners

The Gleaners’ purpose is to unite those with surplus food with community members in need of fresh produce. Find more information here

A non-profit organization that gleans from local stores and orchards to give to low-income households. Find contact information for this group here.

Windy River Gleaners

An organization that provides food to everyone who comes in the door. Find more contact information for this group here

Community Gardens

The Gorge is home to a handful of community garden spaces that allow members to plant and grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Central Gorge Community Garden Network

Find an interactive map of community gardens in the Gorge here.

OSU Extension Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers, educated through OSU Extension Service to offer the local community gardening information and education opportunities. Ask a gardening question and find about upcoming events here.

Resources for Youth

Free and Reduced Lunch

The National Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.

Apply and learn more here.

Summer Meal Programs

Summer food service programs provide meals to children during the summer when school is not in session. Community summer meal programs are typically open to all families and don’t ask for any paperwork.

Find summer meals in Oregon here.

Find summer meals in Washington here.

Backpack Programs

Backpack programs help distribute weekend meals during the school year to kids who qualify for Free and Reduced Meals.

These programs are not yet available through the Gorge.
In Skamania County, contact Linda 509-427-5972 for more information or to enroll

In Klickitat County, contact Brian 509-250-0737 bwanless@mac.com

Power of Produce (POP) Club

Gorge Grown Farmers Markets offer a free $2 token to the first 20 kids to visit the market info booth (orange tent). With POP tokens, kids can purchase their own fruits or vegetables from a local farmer.

Gorge markets offering POP: Hood River Farmers Market, Mercado del Valle, Mosier Farmers Market, Stevenson Farmers Market, The Dalles Farmers Market, White Salmon Farmers Market.

Resources for Seniors

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation.

Find various locations in the Gorge here.

Community Meal Sites

The Area Agency on Aging contracts with various sites in our community to provide free meals to seniors. Find eligibility requirements and a list of sites here.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program / Farm Direct Nutrition Program Vouchers

Provides seniors an additional source of nutritious food and education on selecting and preparing fresh produce. Most farmers markets in the Gorge accept these vouchers and many offer incentive programs to FDNP/ FMNP customers.

In Oregon: Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP)

In Washington: Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

Power of Produce (POP) Club

White Salmon Farmers Market offers a free $4 in tokens to seniors that attend the market to purchase fruits or vegetables from a local farmer. Just stop by the information booth to learn more.