Hungry renters get help through Sunshine Division

Boxes of free food are for families with children, seniors, the disabled and veterans

A box made by Sunshine Division, November 21, 2016 (KOIN)
A box made by Sunshine Division, November 21, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland is an increasingly expensive place to live. Incomes are rising slowly while items like rent soar at double digit rates.

“The lowest income neighborhoods actually saw the largest increases — over 20% in some cases,” said Kyle Camberg with the Portland Police Sunshine Division. “And that was the third year in a row of very dramatic increases. A family that was paying $1000 for a small apartment 3 years ago is now paying some where in the neighborhood of $1500.”

The food boxes will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Sunshine Division‘s warehouse, 687 N. Thompson Street

Early Monday morning, the Sunshine Division began an assembly line of food boxes, with volunteers from Zupan’s putting together more than 500. Zupan’s donated most of the food and its employees took time before their work day to help assemble.

These boxes of free food are for families with children, seniors, the disabled and veterans.

The food boxes will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Sunshine Division’s warehouse, 687 N. Thompson Street.

The rising tide of an expanding economy is creating newfound wealth for people who own homes. But it’s drowning many renters who now rely in part on generosity of Zupans and Sunshine Division food boxes to help make ends meet.