Our mission is to support independent living for Portland area seniors and people with disabilities by providing an affordable, personal, volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service.
Our vision is for the Portland area to be a community where all seniors and people with disabilities are nourished, included, and can age with dignity in the setting of their own choice.
Store to Door was founded in 1989 when a handful of people living in low-income senior housing, unable to shop on their own, requested assistance from the community. Today, we serve 572 clients with the support of 905 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.
- 11% 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 pay an average of $3-5 per grocery delivery. That’s over $3,000 per year in savings.
- In Portland, the average cost for nursing home care per person is $100,988 annually. In contrast, the cost for a year of Store to Door’s service is approximately $980, helping the people we serve live independently.