Christmas Dinner Officially Called Off

It is with heavy hearts….

that we need to inform you that Potluck in the Park’s Christmas Dinner at the Portland Art Museum will not be taking place this year. You have probably figured that out already.

Until last week we were still hoping to be able to provide a hot take-out turkey dinner on Christmas Day from an outdoor tent across the street from the Art Museum. Unfortunately, as this pandemic continued to worsen, it became impossible to have access to the necessary facilities to make this possible. The logistics challenges were, in the end, insurmountable.

We will miss seeing all of you this Christmas. It gives us as much joy to put on this event as it brings to you each year. Let’s all stay safe and GET VACCINATED when we can so we can see you back at the Art Museum next year.

In the meantime, we thought you might like to revisit more joyous times. Here are links to short slide shows from our 2017 Christmas Dinner and 2018 Christmas Dinner. Thanks to our photographer and producer, Chuck King, for putting these together.

We wish you all the happiest of holidays under these trying times.

Fighting Hunger in Portland.

Rain or shine, 52 weeks a year, hundreds of needy people have a hot meal and a community gathering place because generous supporters like you. Understanding food is a human right and hunger is a human wrong. Every Sunday for twenty-five years Potluck in the Park volunteers have prepared and served healthy wholesome meals with dignity and kindness. The secret to Potluck in the Park’s staying power is the story of its people.  Our tenacious teams of career-volunteers have inspired thousands of other volunteers to donate their time, talent and money to fight hunger in Portland.  Their dedication and passion has made Potluck in the Park a touchstone for a community in crisis


Potluck has Relocated to the North Park Blocks

We will be in the next block north of the Park Blocks adjacent to the sculpture in front of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). This is between 8th Ave and Park Ave on NW Glisan, one block west of Broadway and one block south of the Main Post Office. This will be our new home until further notice.

Sunday Volunteer Sign-up Now Open

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Our Smiling Cat : 1930’s Hobo Signs

During the Great Depression of the 1930’s “hobo signs” were scratched on pavement or fence posts in front of houses across the country. The symbol of the smiling cat meant, “Kindhearted Woman” – someone who could be counted upon for Smiling Cata friendly word and perhaps a warm meal. In hobo language it was a high complement; today it still is. Potluck in the Park has adopted the smiling cat to symbolize what we stand for: A safe haven, rain or shine. We have been serving warm meals to those in need since 1991.


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Please take a few moments to watch this short video and learn more about Potluck in the Park.

Food for the Soul
2019 Concert Success!