MFS Hunger Relief programs are becoming increasingly important as more families continue to turn to MFS for food support.
We strive to improve the health of the communities we serve through steady access to safe and nutritious food. We continue to form critical partnerships with other agencies and with community members to fight for food security and stability, and our staff and many volunteers work tirelessly to advocate for and lift up those experiencing hunger in our communities.
Hungry for Change by Adam Amaro
Last year, MFS served nearly 1 million pounds of food to over 20,000 people through our school-based food distributions, while we taught and learned from over 400 students and adults enrolled in our cooking and nutrition education classes.
We currently operate Food Pantries and “Open Markets” (smaller, perishable food distributions) at 8 schools in East Multnomah County. We also run cooking and nutrition classes for youth and families at 6 of these school sites, run Summer Lunch programs at all of our SUN school sites, and have built and maintained multiple school gardens in partnership with the MFS AmeriCorps members.
Locations and Times
Food Pantry Sites
Metropolitan Family Service partners with Oregon Food Bank to operate 5 school-based food pantry sites. We provide a 3-5 days’ supply of perishable and non-perishable pantry staples at these sites, including beans, rice, cereal, oatmeal, pasta and canned and frozen vegetables, milk, bread, eggs and meat.
Alder Elementary School
17200 SE Alder St., Portland
1930 SE 104th Avenue, Portland
*Restricted for use to Cherry Park, Ventura Park, West Powellhurst, Floyd Light, and David Douglas High School family members
Glenfair Elementary School
15300 NE Glisan St, Portland
Earl Boyles Elementary School*
10822 SE Bush St, Portland
*Restricted for use to Earl Boyles, Ron Russel, and David Douglas High School family members
David Douglas High School
1500 SE 130th Avenue, Portland (South Building cafeteria)
This is a different address from the main campus.
Open Market Sites
MFS has 3 supplemental hunger relief sites that provide 1-2 days’ worth of fresh and perishable foods, including fruits and vegetables, milk, yogurt, bread, pre-made sandwiches and salads.
West Powelhurst Elementary School
2921 SE 116th Ave, Portland
Parklane & Oliver Elementary Schools
15811 SE Main St, Portland