Free Meals and Gifts for the Holidays in Portland, OR

The holiday season can feel absolutely magical, but some years it can also feel like a burden. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of organizations that can help with the cost of food and holiday presents. You don’t have to do this alone.

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Oregon Food Bank

The Oregon Food Bank has a handy zip code search tool to help you find meal sites and food pantries near you.

Clackamas Service Center

Clackamas Service Center offers groceries, including delivery and in-person meal service.

Metropolitan Family Services

Metropolitan Family Services runs five food pantries per week in three school districts: David Douglas, Reynolds, and Centennial.

Family Promise of Greater Washington County

Family Promise of Greater Washington County serves families suffering from, or at risk of homelessness. They offer services to the communities of Beaverton (including the entire Beaverton School District), Aloha, Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove, and Banks.

Catholic Charities of Oregon

Reach out the the Catholic Charities of Oregon for a variety of support services:

  • Family Support: 503-238-5196
  • Housing Transitions: 971-222-1880
  • Immigration Legal Services: 503-542-2855
  • Refugee Services: 971-222-1883
  • For all other services: 503-231-4866

Toys for Tots Partners

You can’t directly request toys from Toys for Tots, but you can reach out to their partner organizations to request a toy.

KGW Toy Drive

As with Toys for Tots, rather than reach out to KGW directly, instead contact one of their partner organizations to request a toy.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army typically takes holiday requests in September, but they offer services year-round. If you’ve missed the holiday window, keep them in mind for next year.

Contact your school or social service agency.

Many organizations deliver their holiday gifts to families through public schools or social services. You child’s school counselor is a great resource for accessing these holiday gifts.

Request a free holiday tree.

You may fill our a form to request a decorated holiday tree from The Christmas Tree Project (not guaranteed), or if you have a fourth-grade student, you can get a free Christmas Tree permit with their Every Kid Outdoors pass.

Hugs and happy holidays from the whole PDX Parent team.

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