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Monday, February 26, 2024
Feb. 26, 2024

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Vancouver St. Vincent DePaul Society feeds 400 families at Thanksgiving

The Columbian

VANCOUVER — Over the week of Thanksgiving the Vancouver St. Vincent de Paul Society provided more than 400 families with special Thanksgiving meal boxes including a frozen turkey, pie, milk and potatoes. They had extra help building the holiday meal, thanks to 42 energetic sixth-graders from St. Joseph Catholic School, who gathered at their facility on Stapleton Road. In addition, they distributed another 80 turkeys and 150 Safeway Turkey Bucks holiday meals from a Clark County Food Bank allocation.

In fiscal year 2023, St. Vincent de Paul provided food for 23,021 families, serving 73,254 people. They distributed 613 tons of food, a 22 percent increase from the previous year. Rental assistance was provided to 272 families, and 71,200 diapers were provided to 1,507 families.

On Dec. 16, with cooperation from four local Catholic parishes, Seton Catholic High School and other local supporters and businesses, the society plans to distribute Christmas meals, as well as toys and gifts for approximately 1,200 children.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Vancouver, 2456 N.E. Stapleton Road, operates with the help of many volunteers and the support of four local Catholic parishes: St. Joseph, Holy Redeemer, Our Lady of Lourdes, and The Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater. They also receive support from neighboring businesses and community donors.