Enhanced Resident Services & Asian Food Pantry

NOURISHING ASIAN ELDERS
Asian Food Pantry for low-income elders
The Asian Food Pantry was started in April 2020 as a
Covid-19 rapid response initiative by request of the Asian
Health and Service Center to get food to Asian seniors
in Central Portland. Previously, these seniors would take
buses to AHSC for the weekly meal program, and also to
shop at ethnic stores in the Jade District (SE 82nd), as
there are no culturally-specific grocery stores in Downtown
and NW Portland. The Asian Food Pantry, in partnership
with Asian Health and Services Center, Clay Street Table,
the Chinese American Citizens Alliance and other partners
serves 180+ Asian household (280 elderly residents of
Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese heritage with 360+ bags
of grocery) each month. These elders would not have access to items like tofu, bean curds, fish sauce,
and Asian vegetables like bok choy, napa cabbage, etc. without this community response program.
BRINGING ART EDUCATION, LIFE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT &
RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
Enhanced Resident Services (formerly The Giving Tree)

Our Enhanced Resident Services provide residents of low-income
and affordable housing communities (currently seven buildings)
with direct support, resource referrals, community building
activities and programs focusing on art, education and recreation
resulting in an improved quality of life for the individual resident
and for the residential community in which they reside. In so
doing, we encourage and support each participant in realizing
their fullest potential.
Throughout the pandemic, our enhanced resident services
team shifted quickly to support downtown residents with food
support, wraparound case management, housing stabilization,
rental assistance, PPE and vaccine appointments. At a time when
many services were on pause, our Enhanced Resident Services