Founders Cafe


Monday to Saturday, Closed Sunday
310 NW Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon
When Will Indoor Dining Resume?

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 

All are invited to Blanchet House of Hospitality for a free meal. No questions asked. Since 1952, Blanchet House of Hospitality has served nutritious, 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, Blanchet House is serving all meals in takeout containers from our doors. Blanchet House follows all CDC and state health department directives to ensure the health and safety of all. Compassionate volunteers serve every guest with respect and dignity. Learn more about Blanchet House’s mission.

How the Meal Service Works

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

  • We serve delicious, balanced hot meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunch on Saturdays is a bagged sandwich with other items.
  • We cannot accommodate dietary restrictions because we do not have the capacity to make a variety of meals.
  • Everyone is welcome to all-you-can-eat. We ask that you get in line for each serving so everyone can be served quickly.
  • Everyone is served the same plate of food to ensure equity. We serve an average of 1,500 meals daily.



  • On-street metered parking.
  • Close to MAX, bus lines, and Union Station.
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


Blanchet House rescues fresh, surplus food from businesses around Portland like the Oregon Convention Center and Trader Joe’s. We received more than 300,000 pounds of donated food in 2019 and quickly got it to hungry people. All other food is purchased from the Oregon Food Bank. We also share food with mutual aid groups and partner nonprofits.

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. We also consider the dental challenges of our guests by serving pre-cut soft dishes. It is hard to predict what ingredients might be donated on any given day so we have to be creative with our daily menus.

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

Curious about food donor liability?

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.