We are open for all meals! 

Blanchet House volunteers and staff continue to follow all health department recommendations for properly wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and monitoring our health for COVID-related symptoms.

Volunteer Safety Protocols

As a recognized essential services provider with hundreds of people depending on our services, Blanchet House of Hospitality continues to offer food, clothing, and shelter during the COVID pandemic. With health and safety of utmost importance to our organization, we require everyone onsite to follow CDC guidelines to lessen the spread of COVID-19.

We are grateful for any volunteer support that you can lend our mission during this trying time. Please note the following updated protocols and procedures. All volunteers must follow these COVID-19 protocols, which include proper mask-wearing and physical distancing.

Clothing and In-Kind Donations

We will continue to accept donations including clothing, sack lunches, and care kits. If you are signed up to deliver sack lunches or anything else but would rather not come to Blanchet House during this time, please email to let us know.
Please keep your donation in your trunk or car then knock on the door on the 310 Glisan St. entrance to let us know you are here. Once we have acknowledged you, return to your car so we can retrieve your donation in a contact-less manner.

Food Donations

Unfortunately, many restaurants and businesses need to close due to restrictions. We can collect or receive unexpired food or other supplies that will help us continue to provide meals to our houseless and food insecure guests. Please email to let us know. More information on our food rescue page.

Thank you for your passionate support for the people we serve. We wish you and yours the best of health and friendship.

A volunteer holds a meal for the homeless at Blanchet House of Hospitality in Portland.

Blanchet House continues to meet the needs of the city’s most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Blanchet House volunteers and staff have developed an innovative takeaway meal service that ensures everyone in need of a meal can receive one safely and quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We still prepare and serve hot meals three times a day, six days a week. However, serving to-go style during COVID-19 presents a whole host of challenges. It’s a miracle of hard work, ingenuity, and selfless commitment by volunteers to serve those suffering that we are able to meet the increased need for our services. We are now serving up to 2,000 meals a day, a record number for us.

Health & Safety Protocols

We are taking every precaution possible to continue our essential services while keeping everyone safe and healthy. All volunteers and staff members must wear masks and gloves to protect themselves and others. We wipe all surfaces with disinfectants. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness must stay home or in their room if living in the residence. A mental health and drug counselor speaks to people in our meal lines to answer questions about the pandemic and encourage guests to stay six feet apart.

Protocols include activities to:

  • prevent and reduce transmission among volunteers, staff, residents, and guests,
  • and maintain a healthy work environment following CDC guidelines.


We can use your help to continue our essential services during this difficult time.


Help us to prepare and serve meals onsite. Volunteer Safety Protocols


The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic increased our budget dramatically. There is now the added expense of buying to-go containers, paying overtime costs, hiring temporary staff, and purchasing more food for the growing line of guests. Every dollar helps alleviate suffering and funds our programs. Give here.

Make Care Kits, Sack Lunches, or Donate Clothing

You can help support our efforts from home.


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Some of the founders of Blanchet House of Hospitality in the old kitchen circa 2011.

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