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Free Lunch + Play

Free Lunch + Play is offering free meals and grab ‘n’ go activities for kids at 26 locations this summer! All are welcome - Let’s play six feet away!

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Free Lunch + Play Program - Summer 2020

Starting Monday, June 22, 2020

No programs on Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3.

Portland Parks & Recreation is providing free meals and activities at 26 locations this summer, thanks to NIKE, Inc. All 16 Free Lunch + Play park sites will offer free meals for youth and grab ‘n’ go activities that can be taken home. With support from Bank of America, Mobile Lunch + Play will serve 10 locations with free meals, games, books, and activities that practice safe distancing.

Program locations were selected in coordination with area school districts and other hunger relief programs in a regional response to COVID-19. Find more free meal sites for kids and teens by visiting Summer Meals Map at summerfoodoregon.org/map. Or call 211 or text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 for meal locations.

Portland Parks & Recreation is offering free meals and grab ‘n’ go activities for kids this summer while following COVID-19 safety guidelines set by Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Health Authority. Please know that Portland Parks & Recreation will be responsive to safety directives that could alter the services listed below. Updates will be made on this page as needed. For more information, please visit portland.gov/parks/covid-19-updates-closures-and-postponements.

Safety Guidelines and Program Rules

  • Practice physical distancing—stay at least 6 feet away from others you don’t live with.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a cloth face covering if possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Watch for signs in areas of the park that may be closed.
  • Youth ages 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Meals are for all youth ages 1-18.
  • Meals must be taken off-site.
  • Meals may be picked up by an adult for youth who aren’t present.

Thank you to our sponsors

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Summer Free For All. Lunch and Play banner.

Program Details

All locations provide:

  • Free Lunch
  • Free Additional Meals
  • Free Grab ‘n Go Activity Kits
  • Pick up — Pick up meals in person to eat off site. 
  • ADA Accessible — Individuals may enter/exit the site using paved pathways. ​

Some locations provide drive-up service or a Free Food Market.

All parks and natural areas are smoke and tobacco-free zones.

North Portland

LocationWeekdaysMeal timeDetails
Columbia ParkMonday – Thursday12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Kenton ParkMonday – Thursday
Food Market on Tuesdays
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Peninsula ParkMonday – Thursday
Food Market on Thursdays
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

St. Johns ParkMonday – Thursday12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Northeast Portland

LocationWeekdaysMeal timeDetails
Alberta ParkMonday – Thursday
Food Market on Thursdays
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Cully Park

Monday – Thursday
Free Produce on Mondays

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Irving ParkMonday – Thursday12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Pick-up 

Khunamokwst ParkMonday – Thursday
Food Market on Thursdays
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Montavilla ParkMonday – Thursday
Free Produce on Wednesdays
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pick-up

East Portland

LocationWeekdaysMeal timeDetails
Gateway Discovery ParkMonday – Friday11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pick-up

Luuwit View Park

Monday – Friday
Free Produce on Mondays

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Pick-up

Wilkes ParkMonday – Thursday12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Southeast Portland

LocationWeekdaysMeal timeDetails
Essex ParkMonday – Thursday12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Harrison ParkMonday – Thursday
Free Produce on Mondays

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm 

Pick-up
Drive-up

Lents ParkMonday – Thursday
Food Market on Thursdays
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pick-up

Mt. Scott ParkMonday – Thursday
Food Market on Tuesdays
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pick-up
 

Mobile Lunch + Play

LocationWeekdaysProgramMeal timeDetails
Arbor Glen Apartments2609 SE 145th AvenueWednesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pick-up

Friday2:00 pm – 5:00 pm2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Bellrose Station Apartments7911 SE 92nd AvenueTuesday10:00 am – 1:00 pm11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pick-up

Wednesday10:00 am – 1:00 pm11:30 am – 12:30 pm
East Holladay ParkTuesday10:00 am – 1:00 pm11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pick-up

Thursday10:00 am – 1:00 pm11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Eastgate Station Apartments100 NE 120th AvenueMonday2:00 pm – 5:00 pm2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Pick-up

Thursday2:00 pm – 5:00 pm2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Gilbert Primary ParkTuesday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Pick-up

Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Glenfair ParkMonday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Thursday2:00PM-5:00PM2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Harney ParkMonday10:00AM-1:00PM 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Friday10:00AM-1:00PM 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mill ParkWednesday 2:00PM-5:00PM2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Pick-up
Drive-up

Friday10:00AM-1:00PM 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Raymond Park 
Food Market on Mondays

Monday10:00AM-1:00PM 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pick-up

Wednesday2:00PM-5:00PM2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Verdell Burdine Rutherford ParkTuesday2:00PM-5:00PM2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Pick-up

Thursday10:00AM-1:00PM11:30 am – 12:30 pm

57% of young Portlanders qualify for free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. Without school lunches, summer becomes the time when nearly 50,000 Portland children face hunger daily. The Free Lunch + Play program supports families by offering nutritious meals and recreational activities during the summer recess.

Working alongside community partners, Meals on Wheels People, Portland Public Schools, David Douglas, Reynolds, Parkrose, and Centennial School Districts, PP&R coordinates the Free Lunch + Play program to ensure that it meets the changing needs in our community. PP&R and its partners are constantly innovating. Our Mobile Lunch + Play program brings recreation to children at apartment complexes in neighborhoods where parks and playgrounds don’t exist.

Producing these special events is possible with the help of lasting partnerships with neighborhood associations and community members like you!

Interested in becoming a sponsor over $5,000?
Kellie Torres, Development Manager
971-227-0997  |  kellie.torres@portlandoregon.gov

Interested in becoming a neighborhood sponsor?
Jamison Holtz, Program Specialist
503-964-1240   |   jamison.holtz@portlandoregon.gov


Help Support Lunch + Play

The last few weeks have been unprecedented for all of us as we experience the COVID-19 global health crisis. In these circumstances, with all communities impacted, Portland Parks & Recreation must focus on the highest needs of the people we serve.

Unfortunately, Portland Parks & Recreation’s (PP&R) Summer Free For All program will not be able to host Concerts in the Park, including Washington Park Summer Festival, Movies in the Park, and Portland World Soccer Tournament in 2020. This decision will ensure our summer programming can follow the guidance of public health professionals and protect the people we serve, our partners, and our staff.

Portland Parks & Recreation will still serve our community this summer, just in a scaled and prioritized way. During this public health crisis, access to nutritious food has proven to be one of the highest needs in our community. PP&R will play an important role in keeping kids healthy this summer by moving forward with the Lunch + Play program. Youth will be able to count on FREE lunches and safe outdoor recreation—citywide—from June through August. We are ready to mobilize and focus our work to meet these needs.

If you would like to support this effort, please pledge below.

Support Free Lunch + Play

Questions about sponsorship?
Kellie Torres, Development Manager
971-227-0997  |  kellie.torres@portlandoregon.gov

Questions about the program?
Chariti Montez, Program Supervisor
503-823-5059   |   chariti.montez@portlandoregon.gov


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