With donations from the community, Frontline Foods PDX provides meals from local restaurants to fuel the frontline workers and community programs that are helping Portland endure and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. These meals support Portland’s renowned local restaurants—the workers and small business owners who make up so much of our city’s character, and are some of the hardest hit by this crisis.
We’re the local, volunteer-run chapter of the national Frontline Foods network. We have partnered with World Central Kitchen, a 501c3 organization founded in 2010 that uses the power of food to strengthen communities in times of crisis and beyond. World Central Kitchen processes the tax-deductible donations made to Frontline Foods PDX.
YOUR VOLUNTEER PORTLAND TEAM:
Nick Cain, Lead Organizer (South Tabor) | Peter Hansen, Lead Organizer (SW Portland) | Shannon Tivona, Program Coordinator (Montavilla) | Erin Winn and David Oliva, Marketing & Design (Goose Hollow)
Will my donation be tax-deductible?
Yes! World Central Kitchen is a registered 501(c)(3). They will collect donations on our behalf in an account specifically designated for Portland.
Does Frontline Foods keep any of my donation?
No. We are 100% volunteer-run.
Can I designate my donation to pay for a meal from a specific restaurant, or to benefit a specific Portland hospital?
No. To be as efficient as possible, we aren’t able to do this. But we can assure you that 100% of your money is used to support local Portland restaurants and Portland caregivers.
My company offers a gift match benefit. How do I make sure my matching funds go to Portland?
Matching gifts should be sent to World Central Kitchen and should reference “For credit to the Frontline Foods PORTLAND account”. Please note that corporate matching dollars often take three or more months to pay out. This is a fast-moving situation—if corporate match dollars arrive after the COVID crisis has eased up, the funds will be used to support the national Frontline Foods network to prepare for future crisis response efforts.
How are restaurants selected to participate?
Since launching on March 24th, we've heard from many restaurants and catering businesses who are eager to help. Our goal is to work with as many of you as our funding allows.
Are you reaching out to women and minority owned businesses?
Yes! We are eager to bring resources to women and minority owned businesses. We’re intentionally working to get the word out to these communities, but we can’t do it alone. Please share, post, and forward this site to as many restaurants as you can.
How do you pick which hospitals to work with?
The team at OHSU was gracious enough to help us pilot our program, but we’re eager to work with any hospital in the Greater Portland area that is being impacted by the COVID crisis. If you’re affiliated with Providence, Kaiser, Legacy, or any of our other regional hospitals and would like to bring our program to your facility, please let us know.
Who counts as “frontline” staff?
We’re focused on serving meals to hospital staff most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Usually that means the doctors, nurses, CNAs, techs, and custodial staff in the Emergency Department or ICU. But COVID-19 has put our entire hospital system under tremendous stress, and our caregivers' lives have become extremely complex, even if they don’t directly care for patients suffering from COVID-19. So as we grow, we’d like to provide meals to as many caregivers and support staff as we can.