Esther’s Pantry

Esther's Pantry provides food and personal care items to low-income people living with HIV.

About Esther's Pantry

A vital community program, Esther's Pantry has served thousands of people over its 31 year history. The pantry is unique in that it allows clients to select the food they want, from well-stocked shelves, rather than being handed a pre-packed box of food.
Hours of operation are:
Monday 1:00 - 4:00
Tuesday 2:00 - 5:00
Thursday 2:00 - 5:00

We are closed on the following holidays in 2019:

Mon Jan 21, MLK Day
Mon May 27, Memorial Day
Thu July 4, 4th of July
Mon Sep 2, Labor Day
Thu Nov 28, Thanksgiving​
Tue Dec 24, Open 2:00-3:00pm
Wed Dec 25, Christmas Day
Wed Dec 25, Christmas Day
Wed Jan 1, New Years Day (2020)

Eligibility Requirements:

HIV diagnosis and monthly income of less than $1832 (185% of the federal poverty guidelines) for a household of one person. Add $642 for each additional person in household.

Much of the food we receive at Esther’s Pantry comes from community food drives. Donations dropped of at one of our sites go directly to individuals and families in our community who are living with HIV. Our clients visit Esther’s Pantry monthly to receive supplemental food.

Esther’s Pantry was founded in 1985 to provide financially challenged individuals living with HIV access to food and personal care items. The pantry was named in memory of Chester "Esther" Brinker, one of the first people in Portland to die of complications from AIDS.

For over 30 years Esther’s has provided food and personal care items to thousands of people diagnosed with HIV. The Pantry serves over 200 clients a month with groceries, personal care items and pet food. Esther's Pantry is a proud Oregon Food Bank partner agency.

To donate food, become a volunteer, or for services, call 503-349-4699 or email us.


Additional Information

Food Donation Locations

Esther's Pantry


Wells Fargo - Circle of Life, Sustaining Sponsor Circle of Life
Sustaining Partner

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Quality of Life
Sustaining Partner