Birch Community Services began in 1992 with a donated bag of squished bread on the front porch of Barry and Suzanne Birch. They shared the bread with some single moms and other families in need in their neighborhood. Within the following weeks, other food retailers who had heard of the Birchs’ spirit of giving were donating their surplus for re-distribution by the Birchs to a growing number of needy families. The organization has steadily grown to become one of the largest food-distribution programs in Oregon, and has been within the top 25 organizations in the Portland Business Journal’s annual list of “Top 100 Portland Non-Profits” and has never received a penny in government funds.
Barry Birch, beloved cofounder of Birch Community Services (BCS), passed away on March 31st, 2015. Read more about Barry’s life.
Read the complete story of The House of David November 1995
Read the complete story of A Decade Of Gleaning September 2002
Many people today are affected by the present economy. They have lost their jobs or can’t find livable wage employment. Others have great financial burdens incurred by medical expenses or unwise financial decisions.
Birch Community Services opens their doors each week to the working poor. Through the generosity of community business partners who donate surplus food, clothing, and household items, many of the tangible needs of BCS Participants can be met.
BCS inspires people to persevere and grow in ways they may not have considered.
We use a referral system for entrance into the BCS program. Learn if the program is a fit for you.