Our mission is to support independent living for Portland area seniors and people with disabilities by providing a low-cost, volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service.
Our vision is for the Portland metro area to be a community where all seniors and people with disabilities are nourished, cared for, and able to age in the setting of their choice.
Store to Door was founded in 1989 when a handful of people living in low-income senior housing, too frail to shop on their own, requested assistance from the community. Today, we serve 500+ clients with the support of more than 600 volunteers. By 2019, we plan to double the number of people who receive our life-saving service.
Store to Door’s critical role in the community:
Our program promotes dignity and self-reliance.
- Unlike food boxes and prepared meal delivery, our program allows clients to choose what they eat.
- Our direct service staff and volunteers encourage clients to advocate for themselves.
- Most of our clients don’t have computers or aren’t comfortable with technology. We call every week and take their order over the phone.
Our program prevents social isolation.
- One in six seniors will experience social isolation, which is “a powerful predictor of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, institutionalization, stroke, re-hospitalization, depression, and increased risk of suicide.”
- Seniors who are isolated are three times more likely to experience hunger.
- Our friendly volunteers and staff are a bridge between homebound seniors and the community, engaging family, case workers, health care workers, or protective services when a health or safety concern is identified; and making referrals for additional supportive services.
Our service is affordable and economically sustainable.
- 10% of seniors and 27% of adults with disabilities in Multnomah County are in poverty. That means their annual income is $11,770 or less.
- For-profit in-home services are cost-prohibitive for low-income seniors. The average cost of private grocery shopping services is $65 a trip. That’s $3,250 a year! Store to Door clients generally pay $225/year or less.
- The average cost for nursing home care per person is $95,000 annually, which is often tax-dollar funded. In contrast, the total cost to the community for a year of Store to Door’s service is approximately $800. That’s over $42 million in savings this year alone.