A great resource list from Lane County Department of Human Services. Other resources may be available. Call 211 or visit www.211info.org
HOLIDAY FOOD BOXES
St. Vincent De Paul Holiday Food Boxes
456 Hwy 99 N. at the far South of Building look for the red door (541)689-6747 x 203
Pick up a holiday food box ticket starting Nov 14th – Dec 19th during business hours
Monday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm). *Get the pick up date and location when you get the ticket, usually a week before Christmas. Please provide the date of births and Social Security cards for all members of the family, if you have them.
Veneta/Elmira Kiwanis Holiday Food Box
25035 West Broadway, Veneta (541)935-4555 x 100
Pick up an application with the Love Project at Fern Ridge Service Center (the Senior Service Center) or local Ray’s Food Place at customer service; for low income families in the Fern Ridge, Veneta, Noti, Crow & Elmira area. Applications are due DEC 12. Pickup will be at the LDS Church on December 17th.
Cottage Grove Community Sharing Holiday Food Box
1440 Birch Ave., Cottage Grove (541)942-2176
Cottage Grove families can sign up for a holiday food box Monday – Friday from 11 am – 3:30 pm throughout November. Social Security cards for everyone in the household, photo ID for all family members 18 and over, proof of income, and proof of address is requested.
Junction City Local Aid
210 E 6th Avenue.junction City (541)998-3992
For low income Junction City families starting the first week of December and throughout the month families cart pick up a food box in addition to a holiday food box. Low income Junction City families May also apply for Community Center’s Sharing Tree for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over.
Hours: TU 9-1, WED 9-12, TH 9-12 & 6-8, SAT 10-12
Food for Lane County
Call for nearest regular food box distribution location. (541)343-2822
HOLIDAY MEAL SITES (dates vary)
Catholic Community Services Christmas Eve Celebration
1464 West 6th Avenue in Eugene & 1025 G Street in Springfield (541) 345-3628
Friday, December 23rd from 9 am -1 pm at either of the Community Service Centers. They will be distributing food as part of the regular food box distribution for those in need and “celebrating Christmas with simple food, warm drinks, and a welcoming spirit”. Santa will be there too. All are welcome.
1542 West t», Eugene (541) 344-3251
Thanksgiving Dinner served on Thursday, November 24th Christmas Dinner served on Sunday, December 25th Dinner served at 1 pm for families and ladies and 2 pm for men for both dinner services.
Junction City Moose Lodge #2238
427 Front St, Junction City (541)998-1164
Christmas Dinner* served on December 25th 12 – 5 PM.
*Please call to RSVP for groups of 8 or more.
Department of Youth Services Annual Holiday Meal
2727 MLK Blvd, Eugene (Acrossfrom Autzen) Carmichael Room (541)682-2419
Free holiday meal prepared by the MLK Education Center Culinary Arts Program for anyone in the community. Free raffle and food bags. No RSVP Required. Wednesday, December 7th from 11 am – 2 pm.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
1025 N 19th Street, Cottage Grove (541)942-4712
Christmas Dinner served on December 25th 12 – 2 pm. Contact Community Sharing for the Tree of Joy (541)942-2176.
Willamette High School Senior Citizen Breakfast
Willamette High School Cafeteria, 1801 Echo Hollow Rd. Eugene (541) 689-0731
Annual Senior Citizen breakfast, entertainment, games and raffle. Wednesday, December 14th at 8 – 8:50 am (doors open at 7:50 am). RSVP by Friday, December 5th
HOLIDAY GIFT PROGRAMS
Cottage Grove Tree of Joy
Community Sharing 1440 Birch Ave, Cottage Grove (541)942- 2176
Sign up at the Community Sharing office Monday-Friday 11 am – 3:30 pm. Applications available starting November 1st and due November 23rd; for low income families at or below the poverty level living in Cottage Grove with children under 18 years; social security cards for everyone in the household, photo ID for all family members 18 and over, proof of income, and proof of address. Holiday food boxes for those who qualify.
Creswell Tree of Joy
Creswell Library 64 W. Oregon Avenue Creswell (541) 895-3053
Applications are available November 1st at the library’s front desk and must be returned by December 1st• Pick up gifts on December 21. For low income youth or people with disabilities with income at or below the poverty level living in Creswell; proof of current address and income verification or government assistance.
First Christian Church- Helping Hand Room
1166 Oak St, Eugene (541)344-1425
Provides gift bags for children during Christmas. Call Tuesdays & Thursdays between 12 and 2 pm starting Tuesday, December 6th to find out when to pick up a gift bag. Eligibility: Low income. Call for pick up dates.
Junction City Local Aid
210 E 6th street, junction City (541)998-3992
Low income Junction City families May apply for Community Center’s Sharing Tree. For children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over. Applications due by November 10th. Holiday food boxes available for those who qualify.
Hours: TU 9-1, WED 9-12, TH 9-12 & 6-8, SAT 10-12
S.A.N.T.A. Project (Sharing Among Neighbors Toy Appeal)
Veneta Elementary 88131 Territorial Hwy, Veneta (541)935-1995
Giveaway Saturday, December 17th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. No application, first come-first served. Children under 17 who live in low income households attending Fern Ridge, Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools; proof of residency (utility bill, LD. or driver’s license) and number of children living in the home (such as report card with address, social security card or birth certificate). For more information visit: www.venetasanta.org
Salvation Army in Eugene and Springfield “Angel Tree” Program
You may only access this program OR Toys for Tots, not both. Bring ID for all family in home (birth certificates, immunization records, or WIC cards); proof of address (electric bill, phone bill); proof of income (check stub, SSI, disability); and something with your children’s birthdates.
Springfield 1275 Mill Street (541)747-6229
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am -3 pm (Closed on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11-12) Applications are available now until Nov. 30th for children under 17. Dry food boxes available for the first 100 families who sign up. ~
Eugene 640 W 7th Street (541)343-3328
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9 – 11 am and 1- 3 pm ~
Applications are available now until Nov. 30th for children under 17. Dry food boxes are available for families at Saint Vincent de Paul OR through the Salvation Army
Toys for Tots
Toys for children up to age of 13. Lane County Toys for Tots Hotline: (541)607-4307 or visit the website www.toysfortots.org select “Request a Toy” Line-Up Tickets are issued to minimize wait times but are not required. Needs PROOF OF RESIDENCY IN LANE COUNTY; PROOF THAT THE CHILD LIVES WITH YOU; PROOF OF CHILD’S AGE
- 8:00am – 8:00pm on Saturday, December 10th
- 8:00am – 6:00pm on Sunday, December 11th.
- Tickets issued at 3:00 PM, Friday, December 9th at 3106 Pierce Parkway, Springfield, OR
- Saturday, December 17th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Oakridge fire station.
- Tickets will be issued out at 8:00 am on Friday, December 16th.
Cottage Grove Distribution
- Sunday, December 18th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Cottage Grove fire station.
- No tickets required for this distribution.
For Parents: – Local Photo ID OR Photo ID with local mail (proving residency in Lane Co
For Children: – Birth certificate OR Social Security Card AND ONE of the following:
- The First sheet of a Medical card showing both the parent’s and child’s names
- DHS paperwork the includes both the parents and child’s name(s)
- Any other legal document that includes both the parents and child’s name(s) and date of birth(s)
HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS (Community and Religious)
For lists of Lane County Holiday Celebrations check local newspapers or visit: www.eugenecascadescoast.org (calendar of events).
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