Make Sack Lunches for Homeless

Homeless Guest Sack Lunch Homeless Portland Blanchet House creditJulieShowers

How-to Make Sack Lunches for the Homeless

Sack lunches containing a sandwich (meat or pb&j), fruit, and wrapped snacks are handed out by volunteers every Saturday to Blanchet House’s guests in downtown Portland. The portable meals are very popular because they are easy to carry, most items are nonperishable, and guests are welcome to take multiple servings. Donors often decorate the bags and write messages of hope on them which really makes our guests’ day.

If you would like to make sack lunches (10 or more) for Blanchet House’s guests experiencing homelessness we ask that you sign up below so we can plan accordingly. It’s a meaningful and impactful activity that you can do from home. If you plan to make lunches for another organization we suggest you first contact them first.

Sack Lunch Sign Up Calendar

It’s important that we know ahead of time how many lunches you plan to make so you must sign up. All directions will be made available to you once you sign up. Click the orange button below to choose a date from the calendar hosted by Sign Up Genius. We cannot accept sack lunches that are not on the schedule. Thank you so much for your generosity!

NEW! Group Sign Up to Make Sack Lunches

Groups interested in making large quantities of sack lunches (100-200) should email us at
  • Make 100-200 sack lunches total
  • Must be delivered Sat. morning between 8 – 10:30 a.m.

FAQ About Making Sack Lunches for Homeless

Printable how-to sheet. How-To Make Sack Lunches PDF

Drop Off Times

Please sign up first! Sack lunches can be dropped off Mon-Sat, at 310 NW Glisan St. from 8 – 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 – 4 p.m. Please avoid dropping off during meal services. Pull up to our entrance, knock on the door, and a staff member will retrieve your lunches. If you’d like a donation receipt, we can provide one. Call us at 503-241-4340 or email

Not in the Portland metro area? You can support our guests by purchasing items from our Amazon wish list. They will be shipped directly to Blanchet House. If you would like to make sack lunches for people in your town call your local shelters, religious centers, or charity kitchens.

Liability Concerns? Federal and state Good Samaritan laws were created to encourage food donations, reduce waste of fresh food, and protect donors.

Questions? Email us at

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Our History: Started in 1952 by a Group of Friends

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

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

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