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This is a long post showing meal resources in Multnomah County (and beyond). We start with school districts and then move to community orgranizations and restaurants we know of that are helping the community. Please let us know if you need further assistance.

Multnomah County School Districts

Multnomah County school districts continue to provide meal assistance during comprehensive distance education. The SUN Service System also has information on accessing food during COVID-19 closures.

We have done our best to provide current information. Please confirm meal availability through the links shared below.

Centennial [updated 4/5/21]

The Centennial School District will distribute food on Mondays and Wednesdays (see below for times and locations). If there is no school on a Monday due to a holiday, food distribution will be held on Tuesday that week. 
 
Food distributions will continue throughout the time students are in Comprehensive Distance Learning. The walk up / drive up sites are:
  • Mondays
  • Butler Creek Elementary - 2789 SW Butler Rd., Gresham OR 97080 - 11am - 1pm
  • Meadows Elementary – 18009 SE Brooklyn St., Portland OR 97236 – 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Oliver Elementary - 15840 SE Taylor St., Portland OR 97233 - 11am - 1pm
  • Parklane Elementary – 15811 SE Main St., Portland OR 97233 –  11am - 1pm
  • Patrick Lynch Elementary – 1546 SE 169th Pl. – by kitchen door  Mondays 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Wednesdays
  • Centennial High School – 3505 SE 182nd Ave., Gresham OR 97030 – 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Pleasant Valley Elementary - 17625 SE Foster Rd., Gresham OR 97080 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Powell Butte Elementary – 3615 SE 174th Ave., Portland OR 97236 – 11:30am - 1:30pm

Food for Families, a nonprofit  food pantry / mobile market created by Centennial High School  students, has distributions at Centennial High School, 4-6 pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays. You will need to complete an authorization form prior to pick up. Schedule and forms are available on their website.

Corbett [updated 9/15/20]

For students on free and reduced lunch or if 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.  Meal bags will have snacks and lunches for a four-day school week for each student in your family. The Food Service Manager will be recording pickup information to comply with requirements of the Free & Reduced Lunch program.

If you need lunches delivered, or if these times do not work for you, please email Seth Tucker at stucker@corbett.k12.or.us.

David Douglas [updated 4/5/21] 

To Go meal bags with breakfast and lunch are available Monday-Friday for families in distance learning. Please check the link for locations and times. Meal sites at bus stops are Fridays only, 11:50 am-12:50 pm. Students who attend hybrid in-school learning will receive two days of meals each day they attend. 

 

Gresham-Barlow [updated 3/17/21]

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Grab and go meals will be available for curbside pickup, Monday - Friday, 11:30 am -1:00 pm.  

Meals will be one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner meal per day.  Parents, guardians, or family members are permitted to pick up meals for students. Meals can be picked up in the front entrance of the schools listed below.
 
  • Gresham High School - 1200 N Main St - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Clear Creek Middle School - 219 NE 219th Ave - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Gordon Russell Middle School - 3625 SE Powell Valley Rd - Gresham, OR 97080
  • East Gresham Elementary - 900 SE 5th St - Gresham, OR 97080
  • Hall Elementary - 2505 NE 23rd St - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Highland Elementary - 295 NE 24th St - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Hogan Cedars Elementary - 1770 SE Fleming Ave - Gresham, OR 97080
  • Hollydale Elementary - 505 SW Birdsdale Dr - Gresham, OR 97080
  • North Gresham Elementary - 1001 SE 217th Ave - Gresham, OR 97030

In addition to serving meals at the sites above, buses will be dropping off meals in neighborhoods and at various locations in the more rural part of our school district.

Parkrose [updated 12/17/20]

Grab & Go Meal Sites including Mobile Meal Sites will be open on school days, 11:30 am-1 pm. Any child 18 or under may pick up a meal at any one of the following sites:
  • Parkrose Middle School - 11800 NE Shaver St, Portland OR 97220
  • Prescott Elementary - 10410 NE Prescott St, Portland OR 97220
  • Russell Elementary - 2700 NE 127th Ave, Portland OR 97230
  • Sacramento Elementary - 11400 NE Sacramento St, Portland OR 97220
  • Shaver Elementary - 3701 NE 131st Pl, Portland OR 97230

Each meal bag will include breakfast and lunch. Students will be entered in our computer system, to allow for contact tracing. Any parent/guardian picking up meals for their student, will also need to give us their child’s name to be entered.

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Portland [updated 4/5/21]

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Beginning March 29th, all school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals. Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at their school at the end of each of their in-person sessions. If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit any of our new meal distribution sites between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals.
 
Please visit the PPS website for a list of schools.
 

Reynolds [updated 4/5/21]

Breakfast and lunch available for children up to age 18 and for curbside pickup (in cars or on foot) or in the parking lot. Mondays and Thursdays, except on holidays (please check the Reynolds website for dates).
 
Elementary Schools:  (11:30am–12:30pm)
  • Alder Elementary School - 17200 SE Alder St, Portland OR 97233
  • Davis Elementary School - 19501 NE Davis St, Portland OR 97230
  • Fairview Elementary School - 225 Main St, Fairview OR 97024
  • Glenfair Elementary School - 15300 NE Glisan St, Portland OR 97230
  • Hartley Elementary School - 701 NE 185th Ave, Portland OR 97230
  • Margaret Scott Elementary School - 14700 NE Sacramento St, Portland OR 97230
  • Salish Ponds Elementary School - 1210 NE 201st Ave, Fairview OR 97024
  • Sweetbriar Elementary School - 501 SE Sweetbriar Ln, Troutdale OR 97060
  • Troutdale Elementary School - 648 SE Harlow Ave, Troutdale OR 97060
  • Wilkes Elementary School - 17020 NE Wilkes Rd, Portland OR 97230
  • Woodland Elementary School - 21607 NE Glisan St, Fairview OR 97024
Middle/High Schools:  (11:30am–1:00pm)
  • HB Lee Middle School - 1121 NE 172nd Ave, Portland OR 97230
  • Reynolds Middle School - 1200 NE 201st Ave, Fairview OR 97024
  • Walt Morey Middle School - 2801 SW Lucas Ave, Troutdale OR 97060
  • Reynolds High School - 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale OR 97060
 
Public food pantries are being held at the locations listed below. It is recommended that you arrive early as supplies run out quickly.  Please check the website for closures during the holidays.
  • Glenfair Elementary School: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Reynolds High School: Last Tuesday of the month, 2:30 pm
  • Alder Elementary School: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm
  • Reynolds Middle School: Fridays, 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Wilkes Elementary School: First Friday of the month, 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Davis Elementary School: Second Friday of the month, 3:30-5:00 pm
 
Agencies, Community Organizations and Restaurants

Information may change so please check their websites if a link is provided.

C3 Pantry (NE): Tuesdays and Saturday, doors open at 11:30am, shopping is 12-1pm.

Mainspring Food Pantry (NE) continues to operate as an open air, farmers market, self select, walk/roll-in food pantry, Tuesdays thru Thursdays 9:30am-12:ishpm. They make every effort to serve everyone in line. Please bring bags for your food if you have access to them since they have a limited supply. You may access the food 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 (NE): open Thursday and Saturday, 12-3 pm. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.

Portland Adventist Community Services (NE): offering prepacked food boxes for pick up,  Monday – Friday 9am– 11am. They also provide a mobile food pantry service to some neighborhoods.

Sunshine Division (SE):  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 (NW): offering food boxes, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-2 pm.

Lift Urban Portland (SW):  Located at 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland 97201. Hours of operation are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A random number lottery takes place 5 minutes before opening to determine your place in line.

Portland Open Bible food pantry (SE):  Located at 3223 SE 92nd Ave., Portland 97266. Hours of operation are Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information about access to food for families including the Oregon Food Bank, please call 211, or  text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877 for Meals locations. 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.

Partners for a Hunger-free Oregon (SE)

Also see this food access resource guide compiled by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and his team.

Restaurants

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.

2305 SE 50th Ave.
Registration required. Food pickup is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12-1 pm
 
1430 SE Water Street
Free lunches for children and families in need. Please call 503-234-7085
 

Distance learning can be challenging.  If you are looking for help with schooling, here are some free tutoring resources  to consider.

Tutor.com

Who is eligible :  K-college students
Registration required : yes for some features, no for live help
Who are the tutors :  college and graduate students, teachers, working professionals
Which languages is tutoring available in : English, Spanish, Vietnamese

Other Tutor.com information : 
available with a library card
live tutoring 2-10 pm daily
essay help
worksheets
suggested websites
learning videos

Virtual K-12 Tutoring / Tutoría Virtual

Wednesdays, 3-5 pm until June 16, 2021.
Who is eligible : K-12 students who need support in math, science, social studies and/or language arts. 
Registration required : yes. We recommend registering at least two days ahead of time so we can pair you with a tutor who specializes in the subject area. We also welcome drop ins 4-5 pm.
Who are the tutors : Multnomah County Library volunteers
Which languages is tutoring available in : English and Spanish

Learn to Be

Who is eligible : K-12 students with a focus on underserved students
Registration required : yes
Who are the tutors : high school and college students, adults
Which languages is tutoring available in : English

Interns for Good

Who is eligible : Elementary and middle school students
Registration required : yes
Who are the tutors : high school students
Which languages is tutoring available in : English

ConnectOregonStudents

Who is eligible : K-12 students in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and Northern California
Registration required : yes
Who are the tutors : Oregon high school students 
Which languages is tutoring available in : English (but includes language learning tutoring for other languages)
Other : they also offer peer support

Teens Tutor Teens

Who is eligible : Teens 13-18
Registration required : yes
Who are the tutors : high school students
Which languages is tutoring available in : English
 
 
Other Teens Tutor Teens information :
group tutoring
test prep tutoring
on-demand videos
worksheets
essay editing
 

If you are looking for extra academic support instead of live tutoring, consider these free resources:

Learning Resource Express Library has academic support resources for upper elementary school through high school. Available with your Multnomah County Library card.

Khan Academy has free video-based lessons and practice for K-12 students.

Two women and a young girl blow bubbles outside in a field
“I routinely prescribe nature to children and families.  Nature has the power to heal."  

-Dr. Nooshin Razani, pediatrician, presenter of the TED Talk "Presribing Nature for Health"

Research suggests that taking a walk, visiting a park, or getting out in nature can relieve stress, encourage social bonds, and support physical activity.  Less stress means less depression, anxiety, and isolation...not just for kids, but for adults, too!  

Portland Parks and Recreation offers plenty of opportunities for adventure!  Search for your next destination through the Find a Park feature, and be sure to check out their list of Inclusive Playgrounds, which is growing!  Gresham also offers an array of parks and trails to explore. Troutdale, with its proximity to the Sandy and Columbia rivers, offers plenty of fun options as well, and Fairview is home to many others, including our favorite, Salish Pond Wetlands Park.

Wait, there’s more! Metro Parks and Natural Areas offer 17,000 acres of outdoor exploration!  Try out the Interactive Park Finder, and while you’re there, check out their Parks and Nature News section for the latest on the ways our community enjoys nature.  

We love keeping up with Metro’s Our Big Backyard magazine and exploring back issues for beautiful photographs. The latest (Fall 2020) issue features two articles written by members of our community.  

While you're outside, you can take advantage of the learning opportunities it offers.  Portland Parks has created an at-home nature activities page, with links to videos and other activities that tap into kids’ sense of curiosity.  You can find a Flower Scavenger Hunt, a Birds of Portland guide, and a map of Tree Museums that are open for viewing right in your neighborhood.  

There’s so much to see and do out there, so take Dr. Razani’s prescription and get outside!   Even just a little bit can do wonders for your health - mental, physical, emotional, and overall!


This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

three preschool age kids - two girls and one boy - sit on the carpet.  The boy has the facial characteristics of Downs Syndrome.  One girl has her hand raised.
Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. They notice differences in people, because there are differences.  

Visible differences, like how we look, skin color, how we dress, and how we get around.  

And less visible differences, like how we learn, how we interact with one another, and how we experience the world.

Responding to kids’ observations about people with disabilities and visible illnesses can be hard for parents and caregivers who are not sure how, or are afraid they will say something wrong.   

Let’s remember that some of us are different, and experience the world differently, than others. And that’s not a bad thing! In fact, it’s a beautiful thing. Talking about it can be hard, but it’s important!  

My kids' cousin has autism. I tell my kids about how his brain works differently and experiences the world differently than our brains do.  We read books with characters who have autism and talk about them together. Their cousin's mother, my sister-in-law, shared a post on Facebook written by staff at the EDAM Center for Special Education in the Philippines.  This part really stuck with me, and I hope it sticks with you, too.

For all the children who struggle every day to succeed in a world that does not recognize their gifts and talents, and for those who are walking beside them, please let this be a gentle reminder to be kind and accepting of all people.

Recognize that the "playing field" is not always a level surface.

Children who learn differently are not weird. They are merely gifted in ways that our society does not value enough. Yet they want what everyone else wants: To be accepted!!

At the library, we strive to celebrate differences and find common ground in kindness and acceptance.  We want to support you in being comfortable talking to your kids about differences from an early age, and to keep up the conversations as they get older. Below are some resources that may help.  

This post is part of our “Talking with kids” series, as featured in our monthly Family Newsletter.  Reach out to us at learning@multcolib.org if you need more support or have questions. We’re here for you!


 

Are you an artist in grades 6–12?   

Do you know an artist in grades 6-12?

Enter a design for the 2021 Multnomah County Library Teen Summer Reading Art Contest!

The theme this year is “Reading Colors Your World.” A panel of library staff and artists will select a winner from the entries.

● The winning design will appear on the cover of all teen gameboards. The winning artist will be awarded a $100 gift card to an art supply store.

● More entries will be selected to produce a “Reading Colors Your World” coloring book that will be given to Summer Reading participants.  Kids all over the county will be coloring your designs!

● The library will share the winner and all selected designs on social media. 

● Here are the favorite designs from 2020's contest, by Naima (left) and Willa (right):

black and white design showing a girl reading, and magically coming from the book there is a witch, princess, dragon, and objects like a sword, apple, ring, and cauldron
black and white design showing an open book, with dragons, snakes, and a turtle magically coming out of the pages

 

 

 

 

 


ART SPECIFICATIONS

 

The box on the flyer is proportional to the final maximum measurement, and you may use it to submit your artwork. You don’t have to use the entire box, but your artwork must fit inside of it. Final artwork will be printed at a maximum of 6” x 4” (measurements may change if art is scaled down).

1. Original artwork only

2. Content should be appropriate for youth all ages

3. Black & white image only

4. If hand drawn, use black ink, marker, pen or hard pencil

5. If digitally drawn, submit as black & white EPS or high resolution (300 dpi) PNG, JPG or TIF

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Please include your name, grade, school (if applicable) and a phone number or email address so we can reach you if you win.

Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

● Follow art specifications above.

● Show innovative interpretation of the theme, “Reading Colors Your World”. Be creative, try new things, find beauty in diversity.

● Show graphic design/artistic merit.

Entries must be received by Friday, March 5.  Submit your artwork electronically to summerreading@multcolib.org, bring it to your local library, or send a paper version to:

Summer Reading | Multnomah County Library | Isom Building | 205 NE Russell Street Portland, OR 97212

Summer Reading is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation

Child in voting booth looking up at camera
Families can help children learn about the government through talking, reading and playing. And teaching children how the government works from an early age helps them become good citizens in the future, especially when it comes to voting.

Start with what your children know or have heard from the news, friends and family. Be sure to discuss the importance of respecting different points of view and seeking the truth. You can also read books, play games with younger and older kids, and show them your ballot and the pamphlet with the candidate's information. Take them with you when you drop off your ballot or put it in the mail. Maybe even hold your own elections at home!

And it doesn’t end with voting - your family can continue to learn throughout the year about the government system in America and what it means to be a good citizen. Below are some book lists for all ages that will help!

This post is part of our "Talking with kids" series, and was featured in our monthly Family Newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter here, and email us at learning@multcolib.org if you have any questions.

Physical distancing doesn’t mean social distancing. Staying in touch with family and friends is important. Games can be a way to connect with the kids in your life or to connect your kids with their friends and family while at home. Whether one, two or multi-player, there are some good options for free apps and online games for preschoolers to tweens to teens.

photo of iPad with children's app icons

The Association for Library Service to Children creates an annual Notable Children's Digital Media list that has web-based and app-based games for pre-k up through middle school (some free, some for a small fee) and the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award has suggestions for younger children.

Common Sense Media posts reviews and rates based on developmental criteria and factors such as ease of play, positive messages, violence, and consumerism. Reviews from parents and kids are also available.Their site has lists of suggestions for free online games and free apps that can be sorted by age. 

Check out Online Games for Families to Play Together, an article from Parents magazine. It includes some classics and some new ones, and it’s a good starting point for multi-generational game ideas. Another article shares 15 free online learning games.

Board Game Arena has thousands of games for all ages--Connect Four, Battleship, Can't Stop, King Domino, and Carcassonne to name a few. Games can be played by inviting friends or joining tables. You can also change the language for the site and play.

If branded games are okay, many networks have kids gaming sites that tie in with their characters. Some of those are PBS Kids, Disney Jr., Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Nick Jr

Toca Boca has a lot of different games that are great for creative, open-ended play. They offer a good amount of gameplay for free, but you can purchase additional content. 

Loteria is a traditional Latin American bingo game you can play on Google Doodle Loteria. Begin by clicking the red play button for the video at the top of your screen. You can play with friends by sharing the link it gives you.

And if you ask kids, they will say Minecraft! Minecraft Classic can be played for free online although players can't save their progress.

The 14-year-old gamer son of one of our librarians suggested Forza for middle schoolers and older. Forza is a series of car racing games that is available from Microsoft Games to play on different devices.

Whatever the gaming choice, talking with your children about going online is always a good idea. SafeKids.com, Connect Safely and the Federal Trade Commission have resources for parents and children.

Have fun and game on!

The library is offering It's Storytime videos in 5 languages, and we would love to hear from you! Please take the short, multiple-choice survey below before August 25th to help us learn what your family is enjoying about the videos, and what storytime alternatives we can make available during this public health event. We value your privacy, and information will not be shared with outside agencies or used for any purpose other than determining program needs.

image of a generic online survey checklist
The survey is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish / Español
  • Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • Russian / Русский
  • Chinese / 简体中文

Please share your thoughts and ideas with us through August 25th. Thank you!  

 

photo of children at Wizard Camp library program
For the past several years, the Hollywood Teen Council has hosted a Hogwarts Camp for 1st-3rd graders during the winter break from school. As many camps and summer programs aren’t happening this summer, they want to share some ideas so that you can create your own wizard camp at home.
 
Usually the teen council would make the gathering of supplies a big part of the first day of camp, and you can pick and choose which supplies you will want to make. During camp, they would try to expose burgeoning witches and wizards to a variety of wizard school subjects such as Potions, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms and more. At home, with more time, there are many possibilities. You can also find ideas for games and activities as well as some magical treats to make. Imagination is the key ingredient for all of these. Here is a list of supplies and activities for your DIY Wizard's Camp.

Difficult conversations are happening in our country, states, cities and homes about race, racism, and anti-racism. These are not topics only for adults though. Talking with teens, tweens and younger children is important. Research has shown that children as young as six months notice race [Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race by Erin N. Winkler, Ph.D. University of Wisconsi-Milwaukee, PACE Vol. 3-No. 3,  2009 HighReach Learning Inc]. 

If you are unsure how to start and continue talking with your children as they grow, there are books to share and websites with resources to help. Several of these also discuss how you can be a model since actions often talk louder than words.

Teaching Young Children About Race is a guide for parents and teachers from Teaching for Change

EmbraceRace.org has articles, webinars and action guides about how kids learn about race, seeing and talking about differences, using picture books to have meaningful conversations, and more.

Talking about Race from the National Museum of African American History & Culture shares reflection questions, videos, and links to other resources.

Teaching Tolerance was created for educators, but parents may also find it useful to discuss race and ethnicity, and rights and activiism among other topics. The home page currently features articles about Black Lives Matter and Teaching about Race, Racism and Police Violence.

Talking to Children about Racial Bias from the American Academy of Pediatrics includes how parents can confront their own racial bias and a doctor's story of his encounter with racism as a 7-year-old.

Explaining the News to Our Kids from Common Sense Media offers tips by age.

 

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