Food for youthFood is the fuel you need to stay focused, think clearly and do your work each day, whether at school or at your job.

Meals served at school are often free and can provide fruit, vegetables, grain and protein to help you get the calories and nutrients you need.  

If you or your family don’t have enough food, help is available.

Children 0-5 Years Old

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) serves children five years and under and pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women. WIC provides nutrition education classes, breastfeeding promotion and support, monthly vouchers for certain healthy foods and information and referral about other health programs and social services

To learn more about WIC, call 503-988-3503 or visit

Students in Grades K-12

  • Summer Food - Look at the Free Summer Meals in Oregon map or Multnomah County's summer meals map (with Trimet lines) in the spring or summer for meal site locations, dates and times.  
  • School-based SUN School food pantries
  • School-based SUN School Harvest Share distributions 
  • Students who are themselves or whose families are experiencing homelessness (including: in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground; On the street; In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations; or Doubled up with friends or relatives) can receive free meals at school. No application is necessary, just talk to the school liaison on homelessness.

Unaccompanied Youth

Youth under the of 18 can apply for benefits even if a parent is not in the household or any guardian in the household can also apply on their behalf if they are sharing food expenses.

  • Fill out an application ( with an enrollment specialist, online, or paper on your own at a local office) DHS staff will interview you and allow you time to provide additional information if needed.
    • Getting removed from your parent/guardian’s case
    • Contact your local branch or caseworker to update or make changes

Ensuring you get your mail

  • 211info has a list of local agencies providing voicemail and mailing addresses for