Who we are

C3 Food Pantry is a food pantry and resource assistance hub located in the Cully neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. At our heart is the desire that every person who receives assistance feels supported and valued.  The three C's of C3 Food Pantry are to provide CARE, build COMMUNITY and show COMPASSION through food and resource assistance. 

Our food pantry location in the Cully neighborhood has a long history of serving the community. The 'building on the corner' was first established as a food pantry in 1985 by Parkrose Deliverance Tabernacle. C3 Food Pantry is honored to continue this work that began almost forty years ago. 

How we began

In 2017 Pastor Seth and Kaz Brooks launched C3 Church (C3 NE PDX) and the following year the church moved to its current location in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland. In 2018 C3 Church assumed leadership and day-to-day management of the existing food pantry, which was located in a separate building on the church property. 

At the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, C3 Food Pantry significantly expanded its capacity. The decision was made to register C3 Food Pantry as its own non profit 501(c)(3) organization and Kaz Brooks was appointed as Executive Director of C3 Food Pantry in 2021. Kaz works with a committed team of over 30 volunteers who have a passion to serve and support their community. If you are interested in joining the team, visit our Volunteer page.

What we do

C3 Food Pantry expanded its capacity in March 2020 from a shopping style food pantry to a walk up and drive through and pick up system of serving food to people in need. We provide food boxes at no cost to over 500 households a month. 

A significant amount of the food we donate is food rescue. Volunteers pick up food rescue in their personal vehicles every day of the week from local grocery stores. The food is sorted and stored at the pantry and once a week volunteers assemble and distribute the food boxes. Then the process of restocking the pantry begins again. It takes approximately five days to restock the pantry with donations for the next food box distribution.  To learn more about the organizations that provide us with in-kind food and other donations, visit our Sponsors and Supporters page

In addition to meeting the urgent food needs of our neighbors, C3 Food Pantry also works to build community solutions and partnerships to ensure people have access to food and other resource and support they might need.

Who we serve

Many of the individuals and families we serve come once or twice to our pantry, when experiencing urgent and sometimes devastating emergencies. Others have been coming regularly for years due to a perpetual lack of resources. C3 Food Pantry exists to meet the urgent food needs of our neighbors. We do not have geographic limitations and we serve people from the Portland metro area, the tri-county region of northwest Oregon, and southwest Washington. To learn more about who we serve, visit our Impact page.

We serve:

  • Low income families with children
  • The unemployed and underemployed
  • The houseless
  • People with disabilities and the elderly
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • People experiencing crisis