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Other Resources

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Portland-area food assistance

Harvest Share

A free, farmers-market style fruit and vegetable distribution for people in need.

Community Basket 

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 or call 1-800-SafeNet (1-800-723-3638).

Oregon Helps

Find out if you are eligible for social service programs, including food stamps/SNAP. Information is available in English, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.

Finding Help in Tough Times

Information and resources to help low-income families, including links to food resources, healthy recipes and more.

Summer Food

Find a location near you to get free summer meals for children.

The Beehive

Get information about money, health, employment and more.


Stretching your food dollar 

Food For Oregon

Find community gardens, nutrition education and other food resources near you.

Healthy Recipes

Find easy, healthy recipes in English and Spanish.

Gardening Encyclopedia

Find information for beginning to advanced gardeners.

Oregon Farmers Market Association

Find a farmers market near you.


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 if you live in Oregon or 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



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.


Taxes and legal help

Earned Income Tax Credit

Find out if you qualify for tax credits.

Oregon Law Help

Get free legal information in Spanish and English.

CASH Oregon

In partnership with AARP Tax Aide, CASH Oregon provides free tax preparation for low-income residents of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.


Health care

Office of Private Health Partnerships

Learn about Oregon’s program to help you pay for private health insurance.

Healthy Kids Oregon 

Provides free or low-cost medical coverage for uninsured Oregon children, even children with current health conditions. 

Mental Health

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   



Work Systems

Find employment and training resources.


Pet food

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


Low-cost recipes 

We've collected some low-cost, nutritious recipes that can be made using foods typically found in an emergency food box. 

See recipes.