Although schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Multnomah County school districts and community resources are providing meal assistance. Here is district information followed by restaurants we know of that are helping the community. The SUN Service System also has information on accessing food during COVID-19 closures.
Information is current as of May 21, 2020. Please confirm meal availability through the links shared below.
The Department of Human Services and Oregon Department of Education announced on May 4th "that Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school even if they have been accessing meals from schools during the closure." Benefits are retroactive to March 16, 2020. Families who have experienced significant income loss may have become eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, Apply online or contact your school. More information is available on the Oregon Department of Education's site.
Providing grab-and-go meals for all children under 18.
Walk up/drive up food services at Powell Butte, Meadows, Parklane/Oliver, and Patrick Lynch Elementary schools as well as Centennial High School – back by the auditorium. Distribution times will be 10:30 am-12:30 pm.
There are also two bus routes that run Monday-Friday with four stops each. Please check their website for food delivery bus routes and times.
Food for Families, nonprofit food pantry/ mobile market created by Centennial High School students, has distributions at Centennial High School, 4-6 pm on Wednesdays, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12 and August 26. You will need to complete an authorization form prior to pick up.
For students on free and reduced lunch or your family is in need during these trying times, lunch pick-up will be once a week to decrease the exposure of staff. Pick-up will be on Mondays from 9 am to 1 pm. If you need lunches delivered, or if these times do not work for you, please email Seth Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grab and Go breakfasts and lunches are avilable at four DDSD sites, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 – 11:00 am. Families can walk or drive to pick up bags that contain both breakfast and lunch to go at these locations. See their website for information about food pantries located in DDSD building.
- David Douglas High School
- Gilbert Heights Elementary
- Ron Russell Middle School
- Ventura Park Elementary School
Providing grab-and-go meals for all children under 18. Meals will be provided at specific school sites AND school buses will deliver meals to specific neighborhoods throughout the district.
In order to improve social distancing and convenience for families, the meal program has been combined and will be distributed during one time period a day. A cold breakfast will be provided to families during lunch that can be eaten the next morning. Food may be picked up 11:30 am-12:30 pm from Grab and Go Meals from school locations
See Grab and Go Meals Distribution Routes to find out when and where buses will drop off “grab and go” meals.
Food for district students starting Monday, March 16th at Parkrose Middle School and Russell Elementary School from 11 am to 1 pm. These will be packaged meals that include food for breakfast and lunch. Please note, students must be present to get a meal. Our sites will be set up for students/families to pick up food only.
Food pantry is open Thursdays, 3:30-6 pm, at Parkrose Middle School with a simple pick up of prepared boxes at the cafeteria rolling doors turn-around area, no need to leave your car.
Portland [updated 5/8/20]
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to children in the community Monday through Thursday. Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations:
- Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont Ave
- César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd
- George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave
- Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd
- Harrison Park School - 2225 SE 87th Ave
- Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave
- Rigler Elementary - 5401 NE Prescott St
- Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave [Rosa Parks also will distribute dinners Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m]
- Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St
- Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St
- Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St
- Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
- Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
- Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St
You can drive up or walk up to receive meals for students and their families, ages 18 and under, Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 1:00pm. They will have social distancing measures in place to protect you, your children, and staff during meal distributions.
Monday-Friday through June 10 , 11:30am-1:00pm
- Alder Elementary School
- Davis Elementary School
- Fairview Elementary School
- Glenfair Elementary School
- HB Lee Middle School
- Reynolds High School
- Reynolds Middle School
- Rockwood Preparatory Academy
- Troutdale Elementary School
- Wilkes Elementary School
Food pantries are also open
- Glenfair Elementary School: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
- Reynolds High School: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
- Alder Elementary School: Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00pm
- Reynolds Middle School: Fridays, 3:00-5:00pm
Information may change so please check their websites.
C3 Pantry: Tuesdays and Saturday, doors open at 11:30am, shopping is 12-1pm
Mainspring Food Pantry: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am to 12 pm. Families may access the pantry once a month.
Meals 4 Kids: serves qualified children and families within the City of Portland. Please visit their website to complete a request form.
Northeast Emergency Food Program: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 1-3 pm. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.
Portland Adventist Community Services: offering prepacked food boxes for pick up, Monday – Friday 9am– 11am.
Sunshine Division: free emergency food boxes to pick up or be delivered. They are located at 12436 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233. For hours and more information, please visit sunshinedivision.org or call 503.609.0285
William Temple House: offering food boxes, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-1 pm
For more information about access to food for families including the Oregon Food Bank, please call 211 or visit oregonfoodfinder.org.
Self Enhancement Inc also has a list of community food resources that includes sites in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washingon and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Vancouver, WA area schools.
Portland Parks & Recreation will be providing Free Lunch + Play programs this summer.
There are many great local businesses stepping up to make sure students are fed. Please check their websites or call to confirm. Meals are available while supplies last and restaurants may also have limited hours or may close.
FREE brown bag lunches available for anyone who needs them at both locations.
4590 SW Watson Ave.
11421 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Free meals for kids and service industry workers.
1533 NE Alberta St
Free meals to anyone in need. Call and ask for a “feed it forward” meal, then pickup meal within 15-30 min (server will tell you how long).
1301 NE Dekum St.
Free kids meals, just mention "school is out."
1605 SE Bybee Blvd
3111 SE Division St
Toro Bravo Feed it Forward: sliding scale menus, free kids meals, free food bags at various restaurant locations.