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Esther's Pantry provides food and personal care items to those in need.

Esther’s Pantry is a food bank where clients select food from well-stocked shelves that will help support and maintain good health. Esther’s provides supplemental food and personal care items to over 250 clients each month.

Esther's Pantry Namesake


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.​

Hours of Operation

Monday 1:00 - 4:00
Tuesday 2:00 - 5:00

Wednesday 1:00 - 3:00

Thursday 2:00 - 5:00


To see our current holiday closure times, please visit our agency calendar. There you will find a list of all closures, as well as other community notices, under "Notices & Closures".


HIV diagnosis and monthly income of less than $1,926 (185% of the federal poverty guidelines) for a household of one person. Add $682 for each additional person in a household.


Much of the food we receive at Esther’s Pantry comes from community food drives. Donations dropped off 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.



Below you will find a list of current collection sites for food and personal care items donations to Esther’s Pantry.


Our House

2727 SE Alder Street • Portland, OR 97214

Mon-Fri, 9:00 to 4:00 pm

Cascade AIDS Project

520 NW Davis St. Suite 215 • Portland, OR 97209

Drop Off Mon-Thur 8:00 am to 5:00 pm • Fri 8:00 am to 3:00 

Q Center

4115 N. Mississippi • Portland, OR 97217


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In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades. 

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