How to offer help, how to get help

Posted April 2, 2020

Looking for resources to help people impacted by anti-COVID-19 measures? Here's a very partial list. Do you have information to add? Let us know.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St., has transitioned from offering monthly free dinners to a weekly food bag pick-up. Since initiating this program a few weeks ago, St. Barnabas has provided bags to up to 30 families a week. Donations are accepted from 3:30-4:30pm every Saturday. Items accepted include: canned goods (beans, peanut butter, canned fish) and personal hygiene items; no homemade, glass, or opened goods.

April 10 update: food items needed include canned and dry goods (beans, peanut butter, canned fish and chicken, pasta, rice, low-sugar cereals)

Free food bag pick-up is every Saturday at 5pm. Requests for vegetarian, pork-free, allergen-free options will be honored where possible. Cash donations may be made at; choose Community Dinner as the designated fund.

Neighborhood House

From the Neighborhood House website: “In response to the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 health crisis and in accordance with our community’s stay-at-home order, Neighborhood House has reorganized our staff and operations and mobilized its services to bring remote support directly to our community members.”

Among the needs listed on their website:

  • mobile pantry volunteers (process orders, deliver food boxes)

  • volunteers to organize neighborhood food/hygiene products drives

  • translation services

  • senior support services: call, drive or run errands for seniors

  • volunteers for outreach team to reach out to businesses and community partners

  • donation of cash or goods

To access Neighborhood House services, go to

Portland Public Schools Breakfast, Lunch, and Food Pantry Distribution

Markham Elementary, 10531 SW Capitol Hwy, Monday-Friday, 11am-1pm

Learning and arts paper curriculum packets available for pick-up

To donate to the Portland Public School Coronavirus Relief Fund to help provide groceries to vulnerable families and to support distance learning:

Frontline Foods PDX

Cash donations fund meals to healthcare workers from Portland restaurants, helping healthcare workers stay fed and helping restaurants stay in business.

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