Special Church/Community Action Team (SCAT) Food Distribution Program
- Deliver 5-7 days worth of nutritious food and basic household items tailored to meet specific dietary needs of low-income residents referred by Care to Share (CTS) or Oregon Food Bank (OFB). Delivery services are intended for those who are elderly, ill, disabled or without transportation.
- Operate "shopping-style" pantries that provide 5-7 days worth of a variety of nutritious food choices as well as basic household items for referred families. Walk-ins are provided a limited amount of emergency food and contact information for CTS. It is our policy that no one leaves our building without food, whether or not they have a referral.
- Provide traditional Christmas food baskets and gifts to economically disadvantaged families in Beaverton and surrounding areas.
SCAT is the longest-running emergency food organization in Washington County, predating even OFB. In December 1974, two St. Matthew families collected food and gifts for distribution to 16 families at Christmastime, and a ministry was born. The program was originally housed in members' basements and garages, but, to meet the growing needs of the community, the current SCAT building was constructed in 1982. In the early years SCAT provided emergency food only via home deliveries. In 2002, it was determined that more families could be better served by adding a pantry-style operation, where clients could come to our facility to "shop" for food. In 2003, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded funding to install running water and a restroom in our building to make it suitable for public access. In 2010-2011, SCAT has expanded the food warehouse and will be able to serve more families by adding an additional weekly pantry. SCAT has served approximately 25,000 families throughout its history.
SCAT is operated by volunteers only. More than 100 regular volunteers from St. Matthew Lutheran Church, supplemented by St. Matthew youth, confirmation students, Boy Scouts, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) moms, and additional members of the St. Matthew congregation during the holidays and when special needs arise. In addition, volunteers from our partner churches, Mission of the Atonement, St. Andrew Lutheran, Cooper Mountain Presbyterian, and others help staff our weekly pantries and provide other donations and related services. During the Christmas Basket Program, a number of community groups and local businesses provide assistance. Many individuals, groups and businesses in the community donate food and fresh vegetables from local community gardens. These generous donations allow us to increase the number of people we serve and help reduce our budgeted food costs. SCAT is managed by a core Leadership Team, all of whom participate in pantries, shelving, deliveries or delivery preparation.
- Joanne Dunatchik
- Kayla Klingman
- Wendy Newton
- Stan and Carolyn Schell
- Tom and Angie Karel