- Masks are required. PCS will provide one should you need one
- Volunteers shall ask the common Covid-19 questions and temperatures taken upon entry
- Sanitize. Please use hand sanitizer when you enter and leave the building
- Practice social distancing
- Bags. Please bring your own reusable bag. PCS has limited bags on hand
- Children. Due to limited space and accommodations, please refrain from bringing children to the Food Bank
- Pets. Pets are not allowed inside the PCS building
- Transportation. For those shoppers who walk, bike or take the bus, note the average weight of commodity boxes is approximately 50-75 pounds. PCS does not offer transportation
- Client update requested. Kindly update your contact information including phone, address, and email so we may inform you of applicable Food Bank news
- Survey. We need your Help! During the month of May, the first 100 clients will receive a free gift card to a local coffee shop just for taking a survey. The survey questions will help PCS ensure that your needs are being met.
- Weather. Please follow the weather-related guidelines of the local schools
At the Philomath Food Bank, we are committed to responding to the needs of those in our community by providing food and necessary services. We deliver these services with compassion and respect for the dignity of the people we serve.
Hunger is a silent epidemic that affects everyone in our community. One out of every six families in Linn and Benton Counties must depend on food from an emergency food pantry at least once each year. As you would expect, seniors, disabled persons, single parents and the unemployed are all represented as those who are having a hard time feeding themselves and their families. But in Oregon, the majority of people who live in poverty are working. The Oregon Center for Public Policy states that at least one parent works part-time or more in 64 percent of families with children living in poverty.
PCS provides emergency food boxes for low income families and individuals whose income is at or below the 200% poverty level. The Philomath Food Bank is a non-discriminatory agency in partnership with Linn Benton Food Share, Oregon Food Bank, and the US Department of Agriculture. The Food Bank follows these organizations’ guidelines and policies.
In 2019, the Philomath Food Bank served an average of 84 individuals per month by providing over one thousand emergency food boxes for low incomes families and individuals.
The Philomath Food Bank serves families and individuals west of 53rd St in Corvallis to the western border of Benton County.
Philomath Food Bank Guidelines for Customers
We ask that you allow yourself plenty of time to shop within the hours provided.
To shop at the Philomath Food Bank you are required to:
• Register annually with Philomath Food Bank registration forms
• Qualify according to the USDA Eligibility Guidelines
• Live within the Philomath Food Bank geographic area (west of 53rd St. in Corvallis to the western border of Benton County)
• Fill out the refrigerator/freezer form
• Be courteous and respectful to other Food Bank customers and volunteers who are working
You are welcome to shop for shelf stable products once (1) a month. You are asked to observe all limits of products within the Food Bank. Limits are intended to allow shoppers an equal opportunity for products.
You may shop for produce and bread once (1) a week which is limited to what a household can use in one week’s time.
Carts are for your shopping convenience. Carts are for use at the Food Bank and must not leave the premises or hold groceries while waiting for a ride. Bringing boxes and bags for your shopping is welcomed.
Please note: WE CANNOT DELIVER GROCERIES TO YOU OR TO YOUR HOME.
Dogs are not allowed within the Food Bank shopping area other than those allowed as service animals.
No smoking is allowed on the Philomath Community Services premises other than at the smoking shelter at the north side of the parking lot.
Note: The Food Bank will be closed whenever Philomath schools are closed for snow days.