Sack Lunch Program

You can make sack lunches for the homeless. Easy-to-carry, slow-to-perish meals like sack lunches are very popular with people experiencing homelessness.  Brown bags containing a sandwich, fruit, and wrapped snacks are given out by Blanchet House volunteers every Saturday afternoon. Guests are welcome to take multiple bags with them. Donors often decorate the bags and write messages of hope on them which really makes people feel good.

If you would like to make sack lunches we ask that you sign up below. It’s important that we know ahead of time how many lunches you plan to bring. Choose a date from the calendar. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Sack Lunch Sign Up Calendar
A Homeless man holds a sack lunch outside Blanchet House.

FAQ: Make 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.

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