Founders Cafe: Free Food and Meals
Everyone is invited to Blanchet House to enjoy free hot meals in our beautiful cafe. Since 1952, Blanchet House has offered nutritious meals in a safe, clean, and friendly dining room to anyone who would like them. Volunteers serve everyone with dignity and respect.
How It 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 line. Everyone will receive a meal. We never run out of food.
What to expect as a diner:
- Delicious, nutritious hot meals. (On Saturdays we serve sack lunches.)
- Meat or vegetarian selection. We cannot accommodate dietary restrictions.
- All-you-can-eat. You’re welcome to multiple servings. We ask that you get in line for each serving so everyone can eat quickly.
- Everyone is served the same dishes and portion sizes to ensure equity. We serve an average of 1,200 meals daily.
Blanchet House rescues fresh, surplus food from businesses around Portland like Trader Joe’s. We take in more than 300,000 pounds of donated food annually, inspect it for quality, prepare meals and store it, then share extras with peer groups. All other food is purchased from the Oregon Food Bank.
Every dish is prepared, cooked, and served with care by professional cooks, volunteers, and the men residing in our residential 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 entrees. 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.