SnowCap Community Charities will provide a free Christmas dinner for low-income individuals and families from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at Rockwood United Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St.

SnowCap staff and volunteers expect to serve more than 300 during their sixth annual yule feast.

“More people are out of work this year,” said Judy Alley, executive director of SnowCap. “Others are now employed in low-paying jobs, and many others have experienced misfortune caused by the current economic downturn. If we bring in one family or person from the winter rain and chill for a hot and nourishing dinner, the event is worth the effort.”

Food donations can be delivered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays at the SnowCap warehouse facility, 17788 S.E. Pine St.

“Attendance has grown each year,” Alley said. “At this time of year, we are in urgent need of donated turkeys and hams to make this meal a success for the many people we expect.”

SnowCap Community Charities is a philanthropic, volunteer organization that distributes food and clothing and offers advocacy in Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Parkrose and other areas of east Portland.

For details on making donations or attending the dinner, call 503-674-8785, ext. 17, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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