Voters and members of the public should call Elections at 503-988-VOTE (8683) or visit multco.us/elections for more information on ballots or voting.

While library buildings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, the library is continuing its traditional role in supporting Multnomah County Elections leading up to the November 3 General Election. Voters can deposit ballots at all Multnomah County libraries and other official ballot drop sites

Returning ballots at the library is safe and secure. Library staff members who handle ballots are sworn election officials, in the same way as every worker at the Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building. Two library staff members are always present when ballots are retrieved from a book drop and placed into secure containers. Tampering with any ballot is a felony criminal offense.

Voters may sign up to track their ballot at multnomah.ballottrax.net. Observers are welcome in accordance with library rules and policies. All library buildings are equipped with security and alarm systems that are monitored 24/7.

About the oath for election officials

All Multnomah County election officials, including library staff who work in public locations, swear to the following oath for each election. 

I, the undersigned, being first sworn, say upon oath:

I will perform the duties of Election Official, according to the law, and I will diligently endeavor to prevent the violation of any provision of election law. I am not related to any person whose name appears on this ballot. (ORS 254.476)

Full name
Work email address 
Supervisor's work email address

By typing my full name below, I subscribe and swear to this oath on year/month/day 

Guidance related to election observers

Members of the public are welcome to film, observe and interact with voting or other library activity in accordance with library rules to create a safe and welcoming space for everyone. Election observers may not block access for voters or for others who are here to use library services.

Each library has a designated place where election observers can stand to watch ballots being dropped into library book drops. These locations give a good view of the book drop and observers won’t block access to the book drop or other library services when standing in that spot. They provide physical distancing in keeping with Governor Brown’s COVID-19 order. They are out of the way of vehicle traffic.

The observer area at each location is marked to make it easy to identify.

  • Albina: West end of the foot of the staircase on the public sidewalk near the west lawn.
  • Belmont: North of the north bike racks ,clear of the sidewalk that originates in the parking lot
  • Capitol Hill: Under covered area, between front door and bike rack. Observer must stay within 3 feet of the building so as to prevent blocking holds-pickup line.
  • Central: North end of the green bench at the corner of SW 11th Ave. and Yamhill St.
  • Fairview Columbia: SE Corner of the building, on sidewalk, next to the loading zone. 
  • Gregory Heights: Corner of the walkway, at the east end of the driveway.  May also stand next to the dumpsters, out of the way of the nearby parking spot. 
  • Gresham: To the left of the parking lot (north) side entrance doors (as you face them). Can accommodate 3 observers. They cannot block the bench or bike rack. 
  • Hillsdale: Facing the three bookdrop doors, to the left of the left bookdrop at the corner of the building (May not block access to the ramp or driveway).
  • Holgate: Coming from the direction of 82nd Ave, on the pathway to the right leading to the front doors.
  • Hollywood: On the bricks near the black garbage can, keeping a safe physical distance from the regular Street Roots vendor who use a nearby spot
  • Kenton: on the sidewalk, between the bike parking rail and curb 
  • Midland: East of the main library doors.
  • North Portland: Best observation will be from a parked vehicle on the street at the end of the ADA ramp.  May stand on the sidewalk in that area.
  • Northwest: Along NW 23rd Avenue (east side of building), taking care not to block the book drop, the staff entrance, nor the pedestrian traffic.
  • Rockwood: In the grass area, across from the book drop and about six feet further north toward the parking lot.
  • St Johns: Public sidewalk in front of library (anywhere on the sidewalk with direct line of sight to book return.
  • Sellwood-Moreland: On the sidewalk at the street, directly opposite the bookdrop, between the tree and the ADA parking sign
  • Troutdale: To the left (north) of the brick support column as you face the public entrance to the library, between the parking lot curb and the east edge of the column. 
  • Woodstock: Sidewalk area in front of the bike racks on the West side of the library building.

Enseñar a los niños cómo funciona el gobierno desde una edad temprana ayuda a fomentar la responsabilidad cívica en el futuro, especialmente cuando se trata de votar. Las familias pueden ayudar a los niños a aprender a través de juegos explicativos, información sobre las elecciones así como llevar a los niños a las urnas o mostrarles la boleta para votar y la guía para votantes que contiene información general de los candidatos y las propuestas de ley.

Otra forma de educar a sus niños sobre el sistema político es hablar con ellos sobre las elecciones actuales. Empiecen por lo que sus niños saben o han escuchado a través de las noticias, amigos y familiares; luego busque momentos de enseñanza durante la campaña que reflejen los valores que desea para sus niños, como el respetar diferentes puntos de vista y buscar la verdad.

Las conversaciones sobre los derechos y responsabilidades cívicas no terminan con la votación, su familia puede continuar aprendiendo durante todo el año sobre las votaciones y el sistema gubernamental en Estados Unidos y lo que significa ser un buen ciudadano.

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!

Librarian hands out books at library summer lunch program at Gresham Library

Some things remain the same, even as they change because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Multnomah County Library’s 2020 Summer Lunch Program is worth celebrating for this reason. The annual summer lunch program for youth transitioned to an outside, walkup distribution of grab-and-go style, cold sack lunches.

Gresham Library and partner Gresham-Barlow School District

Gresham Library staff welcomed kids and parents/caregivers with free bags of reading materials while serving 1,899 meals over eight weeks in June, July and August. 

Gresham Library’s lunch service took off early, and with staff engaging families at the lunch and giveaway book bag tables. The lunch program welcomed families not only to get meals, but also to meet their home-learning needs.

Bilingual staff connected with patrons in their native language and assisted kids with finding just the right bag of books. Parents and guardians appreciated ready resources to help their kids prepare for school in the fall. And there were many memorable moments, including of a parent who was deeply grateful for bilingual staff for helping him check out kindergarten- and first grade-level books for his daughters.

Staff at Midland Library working for summer lunch program

Midland Library and partner Wattles Boys and Girls Club

Midland Library staff served 1,028 free lunches over seven weeks in July and August, and also gave free bags of reading materials to appreciative children and their parents/caregivers.

Recognizing how families were impacted by cancelling of in-person library programs due to the pandemic, staff got creative. They put together simple grab-and-go craft kits to give away with lunches and bags of books. This was one easy way for the library to continue to connect with kids and to connect kids with hands-on activities during summer.

“My son has been very appreciative; not just of the lunch that he has been provided with, but with stickers, smiles, and waves that so many Midland staff have provided,” one parent said. “Since there are so few places I feel I can safely take him, it has been wonderful to be able to bring him to the library just so he can have positive interactions with caring people … even if from a distance behind masks. Thank you to everyone for making these little adventures special to him!”

Kids lined up for summer lunch program at Rockwood Library

Rockwood Library and partner Reynolds School District

Excited kids were greeted with bags of reading materials by Rockwood staff, who served 545 lunches over seven weeks in June, July and August. 

Indeed, Rockwood staff went above and beyond in letting their community know about the lunch program. Facing a pandemic, lunch participants focused on the positive, inspiring and heartwarming ways that manifested in many uplifting stories from families served.

One Rockwood family said they enjoyed their lunches picnic-style. They made the meal special after returning home by having “inside picnics,” as if they were at a restaurant. At the end of the meal, they wrapped up lunch time with a fun activity: singing, dancing, and, of course, reading! 

Jade Newgaard was the wary-eyed student. 

GED student Jade Newgaard

“I never cared a lot about school,’’ she says. “It was not on my radar.”

Then she met Colleen Latimer, General Educational Development (GED) Educator for Multnomah County’s Library Outreach Services. They communicated often while tackling math equations, and gradually, this school thing started to click for Newgaard.

“Without her, I don’t think I would have done everything I needed to do,’’ Newgaard says. “I was always second-guessing myself. And she was like, ‘You can do it! You can do it!’ ”

Now Newgaard is taking her first college classes, starting this month at Portland Community College Sylvania Campus in Southwest Portland. She says she’s pursuing an associates degree in applied science, and with an interior design focus.

“I’m so nervous,’’ Newgaard says, her voice a mix of accomplishment and anticipation.

She’s succeeding, in part, by staying the course: working with library staff and volunteers that helped keep her GED goal in sight when libraries were closed in mid-March. Growing concern over COVID-19 infections required the drop-in, volunteer tutor-based GED program to pivot from in-person sessions at libraries to a largely Zoom- and phone-centered virtual format, Latimer says.

The program is part of the library’s adult literacy offerings, which aim to meet wide-ranging literacy needs of marginalized adults, fill gaps in community resources, and engage a diverse community. Support includes GED exam tutoring in math, social studies, science, and language arts. Prior to library closures due to COVID-19, the GED program operated out of Central, Gresham, Midland, North Portland, Rockwood, and St. Johns libraries. These branches serve higher proportions of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as immigrant communities.

Tutoring is an essential bridge to the critical next step of passing four tests to obtain the General Education Development certificate. To this end, Latimer says, students have benefited from a $16,000 grant that helped fund Latimer’s position and vouchers provided by the library to cover the costs of the tests. The library also pays the $6 practice test fee, she says.

“It’s a big part of why people come to the library’’ for tutoring, Latimer says.

“If they are working on it on their own, the tests are $38 each. And, at minimum, they’re going to take each of the four tests to pass. So, that is $152, at minimum, because people frequently need to retake a test.’’

Latimer teams with Lisa Regimbal, Multnomah County Library Adult Literacy Coordinator. She connects tutors and students, and paired Newgaard with tutors that helped her through the program.

About 100 participants completed orientation over the course of the past year, Latimer says, with Newgaard among roughly 35 actively involved when libraries closed. At each drop-in session before libraries closed, volunteer tutors with a variety of skills were available for patrons.

“The tutors definitely are the backbone of the program,’’ Regimbal says. “We’re able to meet the needs of many more learners because the tutors willingly give their time.’’

Regimbal says the program currently is supported by about 20 tutors, their commitments ranging between two and six hours a week. The consistent participant numbers underscore the program’s ability to adapt during the pandemic, with library buildings not yet open to patrons due to COVID-19-related physical distancing and other safety protocols.

“People have come to a point of acceptance that this is going to happen for a long time,’’ Latimer says, referring to the ongoing worldwide pandemic and many resulting lifestyle changes, including at work and home.

They include tutors, too, such as Jerry Hanson, a retired high school math teacher and tutor for three years. He says he’s tutored 10 hours a week since spring, and finds the new arrangement more convenient than drop-in tutoring at the library.

“Doing the remote thing is actually better in some ways for some students,’’ he says, noting that the student he currently tutors works weekends. So, they connect between Mondays and Fridays. “That works because I’m really flexible with time.’’ 

Latimer says 28 students currently are active in the program, citing Newgaard as an example of the program as a gateway to community college and, eventually, four-year colleges and universities.

“It’s more common and accepted today than it was in the past to attend college after getting a GED,’’ Latimer says.

Newgaard’s journey to this point started in late-winter 2019, after, she says, she “stumbled across the program on a Google search.”

“I just really wanted to do it for myself,’’ she says. “I just felt ready.” Her mantra was: “I want to graduate.”

But Newgaard knew her commitment would be tested. She was working part-time, and primarily responsible for running the family household of two elementary school-aged children and her husband, who works full-time.

So, in addition to Latimer, Newgaard says, she’s been grateful for Regimbal. “I never felt like I wasn’t getting help.’’

“They make it easy,’’ Newgaard says “Not easy on what you need to do. They make it easy to show up.”

That’s high praise from a once-reluctant-student-now-turned-GED-graduate.

“She called me a trail-blazer the other day,’’ Newgaard says, referring to Latimer. “It almost made me cry.”

Learn more about the library's GED tutoring program

heading from an early page of the Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths

Have you ever had trouble finding an obituary for a Portland ancestor who died around the turn of the last century?  You’re not alone!

In the 19th century and even in the early 20th, newspapers often put obituaries in with the regular news, making them hard to find.  This was also before it was common for Portland newspapers to include a "Daily city statistics" section listing the names of people who had died in the city recently.  So it’s no wonder that it can be a big challenge to find Portland obituaries from before about 1910.  

But I have good news for you: if your ancestor was a Portlander, and if they died within city limits 1881-1917, their death was probably recorded in the Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths.

What is the Ledger Index?

The Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths is a long list of people who died in the city of Portland 1881-1917.  It’s quite a bit more robust than most modern death indexes -- in addition to the name and death date of each person included, it includes details like the address or name of the place where the person died, their cause of death, and (in some years) the name of the cemetery where they were buried.  This additional information makes the Ledger Index a pretty decent substitute for obituaries.  

Here’s what the Ledger Index actually looks like.  The library has a microfilmed copy, which is why it’s white text on a black background.

Finding your ancestor

The Ledger Index is arranged by date of death -- because of this, it’s sometimes referred to as the “Chronologic Index.”  If you know the date your ancestor died, simply go to that date and hopefully you’ll find them!

If you don’t know your ancestor’s date of death, try looking for their name in the Oregon State Archives’ Oregon Historical Records Index.  This index includes most records from the Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths.  If your ancestor is listed, their date of death should lead you to the correct page of the Ledger Index.

Racial classification in the Ledger Index

There are some challenges to using the Ledger Index.  The information in the Index is a primary source, created a full century ago, and it is a government record reflecting the mainstream standards and ideas of its time.  There is no context or commentary to interpret the index for you -- you will have to provide your own analysis.  

One thing these records show us is the unexamined racism of the past.  The Ledger Index states the race of each person listed, often using terms that are decidedly not used in polite speech today: “Chinese,” “Colored,” “Half-Breed,” “Mulatto,” “White,” and possibly others.  Some of these terms appear on the zoomed-in image from January 1882 at left.  In later years, single-letter abbreviations are used.  There is no key showing what the abbreviations meant, but I’ve guessed that “C” stands for “colored” (meaning Black or African-American); “W” for “white;” and “Y” for “yellow” (meaning Asian or Asian-American).   

Causes of death in the Ledger Index

This detail from a January 1882 Ledger Index page shows some familiar-sounding causes of death: “still born,” "consumption," “scarlet fever.”  But read if you read through a few pages worth of deaths, you'll also find unexpected causes like “softening of spinal marrow.”  If you find your ancestor’s death has officially been recorded due to something that doesn’t sound like it would kill a person, be prepared to draw gentle, careful conclusions.  And remember, you may need to do some research to discover what a cause-of-death term meant in the past. 

Portland deaths only

Another thing to beware of when using the Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths is that it mostly only includes people who died within the city limits of Portland.  And the city was quite a bit smaller 100 years ago than it is now!  (A few people whose bodies were cared for by a Portalnd undertaker or whose bodies travelled through Portland are also included.)

Fortunately, the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability has a very helpful map showing historical annexations to the city of Portland (pdf), which you can look at to get a sense for where city limits were during your ancestor’s lifetime.  

Of course, people are mobile.  The Ledger Index lists people who died in Portland, not people who lived there.  Your ancestor who lived in Linnton or East Portland or St. Johns could well have died within Portland city limits, particularly if they died in an accident or in a hospital.

Using the Ledger Index, and getting help with it

You can consult the Ledger Index to City of Portland Deaths at Central Library.  Ask at any reference desk, and the librarian on duty will help you get the volumes you need.  To read it, you’ll need to use one of Central Library’s microfilm machines -- read more about that in my colleague Ross B.’s post Microfilm at the library.

But you don’t have to visit the library to tap the riches of this great resource --  librarians are always happy to help.  Just get in touch with us by phone or email, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions or help you plan your research. 

In the meantime, happy researching!


Kids need to socialize and de-stress, but how can they hang out with friends while living in our COVID-19 world? Outside is probably the best play space and our summer weather is lasting into September! We’ve collected some resources and ideas for physically distant (C19-compatible), off-screen and in-person activities. Choose a space that gives kids room to interact safely for the chosen activity and have fun!

sidewalk chalk hopscotch course

Be physically active while physically distanced

 Get creative

  • make a Story Walk
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Create a DIY drum or other percussion instrument, like this Pellet Drum. Take your new instrument outside and make some music!
  • Pre-packaged bags with a craft. Have a display table or space for sharing everyone’s creation.
  • Paint rocks, then place them around your neighborhood
  • Tell a group story with each person sharing one sentence. The first person can begin “Once upon a time” and complete that sentence. The next person continues the story. People can alternate between "fortunately" and "unfortunately" while adding their lines.
  • How about a drive-in? Little kids can make cars from boxes and other provided supplies, and then sit in their cars to watch a short movie on a sheet. Or have friends bring blankets or chairs and snacks.

Play a game

  • Charades
  • Alphabet memory game such as “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing..” or “I’m going on a trip and I’m packing..” The first person starts by naming something that begins with A and the next person repeats the first person’s item and adds something that starts with B. And so on.
  • ‘What's Yours” Circle Game. Someone leaves the group and the rest of people decide on something. The person who is "It" then asks random people in the circle "What's yours?" and then uses that to guess what the things is. For example, the group decides the thing will be hair. Then the person comes back and asks people, "What's yours?" and they can answer black, dyed, dry, silky, long, greasy, etc. until the person guesses what it is.
  • Geocaching or a treasure hunt with staggered start times
  • Make your own bowling pins, reusing materials you might otherwise recycle or toss--paper towel tubes (cover both ends and put some dried beans or something inside for a little weight), pringles cans, water bottles. Use a small ball to bowl. Your bowling 'alley' could be set up on a driveway, sidewalk, patio, or playground.

Looking for more ideas? Try these resources

With the impacts of COVID-19 many people are struggling to pay rent and may be facing eviction. Here are some resources to help you get the information you need to navigate this difficult situation.

Note: It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law; we may not interpret statutes, cases or regulations, perform legal research, recommend or assist in the preparation of forms, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights.

If you have questions or need research suggestions, contact us anytime!

Current Oregon Statewide Eviction Moratorium for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 through December 31, 2020

“The Governor has issued a new Executive Order, ensuring that Oregon renters are protected from eviction until December 31, 2020. Landlords cannot evict tenants for nonpayment during this time. Landlords also cannot use most kinds of no-cause notices until the end of the moratorium. Landlords cannot charge late fees or other charges based on nonpayment of rent between April 1 and December 31, 2020. Landlords cannot report nonpayment of rent or fees to credit agencies. Landlords also cannot give notices of termination without cause (unless the landlord has sold the property or intends to move into the property) or file for an eviction based on a termination without cause between April 1 and December 31. Tenants continue to have a grace period (until March 31, 2021) to pay back rent that came due between April 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020. The grace period does not apply to rent that came due between October 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. Unless a new law is passed between now and the end of December, that rent will have to be paid all at once in January. .”
This Handout from Oregon Law Help goes over specific tenant obligations under this law and includes a very useful Frequently Asked Questions section. Keep in mind that this law covers eviction for nonpayment of rent and no cause terminations, but landlords are still allowed to give a tenant a notice based on a violation of the rental agreement.

Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the issuance of an Order under
Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.”This Order is effective September 4th through December 31, 2020. Keep in mind that it covers eviction for nonpayment of rent and no cause terminations, but landlords are still allowed to give a tenant a notice based on a violation of the rental agreement. Read the entire order here

Who to Contact for Help

Rental Services Office - Portland Housing Bureau
You can call or email their helpline with questions. They have a very thorough Resources page, as well, scroll to the bottom for landlord resources.

Community Alliance of Tenants
They have a Renter's Rights Hotline, Know Your Rights information on their website, eviction support, and more help for tenants.

Legal Resources

Resources from the Oregon State Bar:
Landlord and Tenant Law - A great general resource about the law in Oregon. Sections are available on Residential Eviction Notices, Residential Evictions, and Residential Eviction Defenses. New Rules for Landlords this pamphlet outlines tenant protections in SB 608 (passed in February of 2019).

Termination Notices & Eviction 
Legal Aid Services of Oregon created this 39 page guide for tenants to help them defend against an eviction. The guide was written pre-pandemic, but does take into account Portland-specific ordinances.

Housing Discrimination

It can be very difficult to prove you're being discriminated against in housing, but the Fair Housing Council of Oregon is the resource for all things related to housing discrimination, for both consumers and providers. 

The library announced in July that, due to COVID-19, it would conduct a process to reduce its pre-pandemic staffing model. That service model existed for a time when we could provide in-person services within our small library spaces and out in the community in settings like schools, daycares and retirement homes. 

Our world has changed and so has our work. The library’s priorities focus our work around offering services and resources to meet heightened community needs, safely and within COVID-19 limitations, like supporting home learning for students and families, providing online GED tutoring, offering virtual tech help in languages other than English, and more

As noted in a public update last month, we have worked hard to mitigate the impact of staffing reductions to individual staff members. I can report today that we are nearing the end of this process and no union-represented library personnel will be involuntarily laid off from Multnomah County employment on September 30

Through a collaborative process with AFSCME Local 88 and Multnomah County partners, and by creating new community-focused positions based on the input of library staff, we have greatly reduced the number of affected employees. Our latest information indicates we will be able to retain all but approximately 26 employees at the library. All of these employees will be offered positions within Multnomah County, including working to support the county’s pandemic response efforts. We are working with our County partners to finalize details of those positions.

This creative and collaborative approach to reduce the impacts for library workers has been the library’s goal and expectation throughout the process. 

To reduce the number of total union-represented layoffs, the library eliminated current vacancies (43 positions); offered incentives for voluntary retirement and voluntary layoff (26 positions); and created new permanent and temporary positions that better align with the work we can provide now within COVID-19 limitations (27 positions), which current library staff will fill. 

Pie chart showing ways impact of library workforce reductions reduced

This has been an anguishing and difficult process for everyone at the library. COVID-19 has revealed a unique moment in history; one we have never before experienced and one I hope we never see again after it’s over. As we conclude this difficult stage, all of us at the library will work together to focus on serving and supporting our community as it works to recover from the virus and strive toward a more equitable and just future.

Vailey Oehlke
Director of Libraries

Multnomah County school districts will continue to provide meal assistance during comprehensive distance education this fall. Here is district information followed by community orgranizations and restaurants we know of that are helping the community. 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 10/2/20]

Beginning on Monday, October 5, 2020, the Centennial School District will distribute food on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. If there is no school on a Monday due to a holiday, food distribution will be held on Tuesday that week.
Food diistributions will continue throughout the time students are in Comprehensive Distance Learning. They will provide five breakfasts and five lunches. The walk up / drive up sites are:
  • Parklane Elementary – 15811 SE Main St, cafeteria door/parking 
  • Powell Butte Elementary – 3615 SE 174th – cafeteria door 
  • Meadows Elementary – 18009 SE Brooklyn St. – front door 
  • Patrick Lynch Elementary – 1546 SE 169th Pl. – by kitchen door.
  • Centennial High School – 3505 SE 182nd Ave. – auditorium  

In addition, two bus routes with four stops each will be running. Please check the website for locations and times. Information about other food and non-food assistance is also available.

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 10/15/20] 

Grab and Go meal bags with breakfast and lunch are available Monday-Friday. Families can walk or drive to pick up bags at schools, 12-1 pm, or bus stops, 11:50 am-12:50 pm. Please check the following links for location information.

Food pantries in David Douglas buildings are also available. Please check their website for locations and times.

Gresham-Barlow [updated 9/15/20]

Información en español | Информация на русском языке

Grab and go meals will be available for curbside pickup, Monday - Friday, 11 am-12:30 pm. Meal applications are required at the start of each year to continue the free or reduced status from last school year. 

Meals will be one breakfast and one lunch 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 Street - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Sam Barlow High School - 5105 SE 302nd Avenue - Gresham, OR 97080-Site Closed due to Wildfires.
  • 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
  • North Gresham Elementary - 1001 SE 217th Ave - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Hall Elementary - 2505 NE 23rd St - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Highland Elementary - 295 NE 24th St - Gresham, OR 97030
  • Hollydale Elementary - 505 SW Birdsdale Dr - Gresham, OR 97080
  • Hogan Cedars Elementary - 1770 SE Fleming Ave - Gresham, OR 97080

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 9/15/20]

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
  • Prescott Elementary
  • Russell Elementary
  • Sacramento Elementary
  • Shaver Elementary

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.

Mobile meal site information in Español | русский  | Tiếng Việt

Portland [updated 10/12/20]

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School meals for Fall 2020 will be available for pickup. Meal distribution will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m.
Students will receive seven days’ worth of meals each week. On Monday, they will get breakfast and lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday; on Wednesday, they will get meals for Thursday and Friday; on Friday, they will get meals for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Please visit  the PPS website for a lst of schools as well as a form to fill out if you need home delivery.

Reynolds [updated10/15/20]

Breakfast and lunch available for children up to age 18 and for curbside pickup (in cars or on foot) or in the partking lot. Monday-Friday, except on holidays (please check the Reynolds website for dates).
Elementary Schools:  (11:30am–12:30pm)
  • Alder Elementary School
  • Davis Elementary School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Glenfair Elementary School
  • Hartley Elementary School
  • Margaret Scott Elementary School
  • Salish Ponds Elementary School
  • Sweetbriar Elementary School
  • Troutdale Elementary School
  • Wilkes Elementary School
  • Woodland Elementary School
  • Rockwood Preparatory Academy
Secondary Schools:  (11:30am–1:00pm)
  • HB Lee Middle School
  • Reynolds Middle School
  • Walt Morey Middle School
  • Reynolds High School
Public food pantries are being held at the locations listed below. It is recommended that you arrive early as supplies run out quickly. 
  • Glenfair Elementary School: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Reynolds High School: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Alder Elementary School: Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm (closed on September 9)
  • Reynolds Middle School: Fridays, 3:30-5:30 pm
Please check this post again later for more information about meal availability during comprehensive distance learning.


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 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: June 25-September 26, they will be open Thursday and Saturday, 1-3 pm. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.

Partners for a Hunger-free Oregon

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

Human Solutions and Central City Concern are picking up meals and delivering them to families in their apartment complexes.

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.

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. 

831 SE Salmon St.
Registration required. Food pickup is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12-1 pm
Lionheart Coffee (Beaverton)
FREE brown bag lunches available for anyone who needs them at both locations. 
4590 SW Watson Ave.
11421 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
P’s and Q’s Market
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.
(503) 894-8979
Pita Pit in Oregon City

PDX Sliders
Free kids meals, just mention "school is out."
1605 SE Bybee Blvd
(971) 717-5271
3111 SE Division St
(503) 719-5464

1430 SE Water Street
Free lunches for children and families in need. Please call 503-234-7085

Toro Bravo Feed it Forward: sliding scale menus, free kids meals, free food bags at various restaurant locations.


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