Portland, OR. Groups small and large gathered to participate in Portland Backpack’s “Backpacking Around Portland” virtual event on November 10th. Portland Backpack provides weekend meal sacks to Portland Public Elementary School students who rely on free school meals. Board member Katherine Cole hosted a viewing party for 30 at Blockhouse. Daniela Caine, Megan Barnett, Holly Levow, Kat Simons, Christina Wang posed for a photo. (Photo credit, Jessica Lima.)

Bobby Barnett and Kaja Taft

Melissa Jacobs and Tessa Boucherot

Steve Spitznagel and Angie Bowen

Katherine Cole

From Portland Backpack:

We currently partner with ten Portland Public Schools: Cesar Chavez, Chief Joseph, Harrison Park, Lee, Lent, Martin Luther King Jr., Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, and Woodlawn. At each, there is a school staff person who coordinates our program. They make sure that their students who need food the most are included. They maintain the list of the kids, and weekly are responsible to distribute the food sacks classroom by classroom to be tucked into each kid’s backpack.