Founders Cafe


Monday to Saturday, Closed Sunday
310 NW Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon

Breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dinner 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Delicious Free Food for Everyone 

You are invited to enjoy to-go meals free of charge. No questions asked. Since 1952, we’ve been serving delicious, hot meals three times a day in a safe, clean and friendly dining room to anyone who would like one. Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are now serving meals in containers or bags out our doors.

We are following all CDC and state health department directives to ensure the health and safety of all. Volunteers serve every guest a meal with respect and dignity. Learn more about our mission.

How the Meal Service Works

Meal guests usually line up a few minutes prior to our doors opening. Because of COVID-19 dine-in restrictions, we are serving all meals to-go. Come toward the end of the house if you prefer not to wait in a line. Everyone will receive a meal. We never run out of food.

  • We serve delicious, balanced hot meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunch is sometimes a bagged sandwich with other items.
  • All ingredients are donated or purchased with donations from the Oregon Food Bank.
  • We cannot accommodate dietary restrictions because we do not have the capacity to make a variety of meals.
  • You are welcome to get in line for more servings. There is no limit.
  • Everyone is served the same plate of food to ensure equity.



  • On-street metered parking.
  • We’re close to MAX and bus lines.
Blanchet House plate of food

We share food with the following partners whenever possible. Contact us about food sharing at 503-241-4340.

  • Catholic Charities
  • Central City Concern
  • NW Family Services
  • Portland Rescue Mission
  • Transition Projects
  • Union Gospel Mission
  • Salvation Army Pantry

Our Food

Blanchet House rescues fresh, excess food from businesses around Portland like the Oregon Convention Center and Trader Joe’s. We received over 300,000 pounds of donated food in 2019 and got it to hungry people. All other food is purchased from the Oregon Food Bank.

Every dish is prepared, cooked, and served with care by professional chefs, volunteers, and the men residing in our housing program. We strive to serve a balanced plate of protein, vegetables, carbohydrates, and fruit. It is hard to predict what we might get donated so we have to be creative with our daily menus.

Call us if you have food to donate at 503-241-4340.

Curious about donor liability?

Under the Good Samaritan Act of 1996, anyone who donates food in good faith to a gleaning organization like Blanchet House is protected from liability associated with that product. Providing our meal guests with delicious, healthy, and safe food is of utmost importance to us. Read more.

What is a House of Hospitality? Watch our video to learn about the amazing people offering compassion and hope at our cafe, house and farm.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they apply for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:  (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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