What kind of help do you need?
Portland-area food assistance
A free, farmers-market style fruit and vegetable distribution for people in need.
Provides members with extra groceries each month, plus a newsletter filled with budgeting tips and recipes. There's no need to sign up in advance. Program fees are $5 for four months or $15 per year.
General information and referrals
211 Info and Oregon SafeNet
Get information and referral services for food (including food stamps, summer food, school lunch and breakfast and emergency food), housing, legal services, health care, employment, counseling and more. Help is available in more than 150 languages. Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211info.org or call 1-800-SafeNet (1-800-723-3638) or visit www.oregonsafenet.org.
Find out if you are eligible for social service programs, including food stamps/SNAP. Information is available in English, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese. www.OregonHelps.org
Finding Help in Tough Times
Information and resources to help low-income families, including links to food resources, healthy recipes and more. http://extension.oregonstate.edu/emergency/tough_times.php
Find a location near you to get free summer meals for children.
Get information about money, health, employment and more. http://pdx.thebeehive.org
Stretching your food dollar
Food For Oregon
Find community gardens, nutrition education and other food resources near you. http://foodfororegon.oregonstate.edu
Find easy, healthy recipes in English and Spanish. http://healthyrecipes.oregonstate.edu
Find information for beginning to advanced gardeners. http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening
Oregon Farmers Market Association
Find a farmers market near you. http://www.oregonfarmersmarkets.org/directory/directory.html
Resources for children and families
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Are you pregnant or nursing? Do you have children five years old or younger? You may be able to get nutrition information and free, healthy food for yourself and your children. Call 1-800-Safenet or visit www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/WIC if you live in Oregon or http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/WIC.aspx for information about Washington State.
Meal programs for children
Several federal and state programs provide school breakfast, school lunch and summer meals to children. To learn about the programs, find out if your child is eligible and learn how to apply, contact 211 info by dialing 2-1-1 or by visiting www.211info.org
Governor's Advocacy Line
Call to report problems getting help from the Department of Human Services (DHS). 1-800-442-5238
Find your legislator
Find your state and federal legislators, and communicate with them about important issues. http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html
Taxes and legal help
Earned Income Tax Credit
Find out if you qualify for tax credits. http://www.ohcs.oregon.gov/OHCS/pdfs/2010_tax-aid.pdf
Oregon Law Help
Get free legal information in Spanish and English. www.oregonlawhelp.org
In partnership with AARP Tax Aide, CASH Oregon provides free tax preparation for low-income residents of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. http://www.cashoregon.org
Office of Private Health Partnerships
Learn about Oregon’s program to help you pay for private health insurance. www.ipgb.state.or.us
Healthy Kids Oregon
Provides free or low-cost medical coverage for uninsured Oregon children, even children with current health conditions. http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/OPHP/kidsconnect/pages/index.aspx
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI's mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals living with mental illness and their families and loved ones through education, support and advocacy. Their state-wide toll-free helpline is answered by trained volunteers and staff who provide information and referrals to mental health resources. www.nami.org
Find employment and training resources. www.worksystems.org
Oregon Food Bank focuses its efforts on providing food to people in need. We recognize that some of those people may have family pets who need food in times of emergency as well.
For help with pet food, please visit:
The Pongo Fund
Cat Adoption Team
We've collected some low-cost, nutritious recipes that can be made using foods typically found in an emergency food box.