We’re proud to be a “4-star” Charity

Every year www.CharityNavigator.org rates over 7,000 non-profit organizations.  They look at efficiency and use of donor’s funds to make a determination of what groups are doing the most good in the most efficient manner.  Only 12% of the more than 7,000 charities rated annually (https://www.facebook.com/charitynavigator?fref=ts ) have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations.  I am very proud to announce that the Sunshine Division is one of that elite 12% that can say that for three straight years we have been ranked a 4-star charity!

Understanding Sunshine Division’s Relationship with First Responders

PPB Operator: “Non-emergency. How can I help you?”

Caller:             “Yes, can I get a food box?”

In 2014, the Portland Police Bureau answered hundreds of calls that started this way.  What would you do if it was a Sunday night and you had no food to feed your family, transportation or money?

Oregon National Guard to Honor Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., the Oregon National Guard’s 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion will present the Portland Police Sunshine Division with a Certificate of Appreciation.  Battalion Commander Barella will present the award at the Sunshine Division Warehouse at 687 N. Thompson Street in Portland.

Ski or Board for FREE 9am to 4pm on Sunday at Mt. Hood Skibowl to Support the Sunshine Division

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On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, approximately 80 volunteers will gather at the Portland Police Sunshine Division Warehouse (687 N. Thompson, Portland, OR 97227) to pack an additional 1,500 holiday food boxes (for a total of 3,500) for local area families. Packing will begin at 5:30 p.m. and finish around 8:30 p.m. Pack night is an annual tradition for many local families, church groups, police officers and other volunteers.  The Sunshine Division has enough volunteers for tonight and Wednesday, but will always welcome volunteers for delivery day (Saturday morning at 8am) or any other time at the warehouse to sort or stock food.



20 Zupan employees joined together on November 19th to pack 320 holiday meal boxes to feed more than 2,500 Portlanders in need.  The donation funded through The Taste of Zupan’s ticket sales is the sole source of funding for the Sunshine Division’s Thanksgiving Meal Program.

RISE & SHINE and Fight Hunger

It’s inconceivable to some that a small restaurant chain championing local ingredients, 40 local musicians, and a ‘little engine that could’ food relief organization would form such a unique partnership.  However, it’s the Pacific Northwest, and anything is possible here.

Hunger Doesn’t Vacation

The past year we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of families we are serving through our front door with emergency food and clothing.  As the need has grown, I am happy to report we’ve also had the ability and willingness to grow our services.  In a time when resources are ever shrinking I’m proud to say we’ve actually been able to expand our capacity and respond to the unprecedented need by now being open on Saturday’s.  One day may not seem like much, but this extra day will allow us to reach families that are not able to make our standard Monday-Friday hours.  This is particularly great for low income working families or single parents that can’t get away during the work week. 

In a former client’s own words…

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me:  our staff has been so busy with an influx in clients served and new fundraising events and partnerships.  In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing in more detail all of the exciting new activities that the Sunshine Division has cooking this summer.  However, today I wanted to share with you a letter that I received a few days ago.