“The transformative power of love is the foundation for all meaningful social change.bell hooks

What's Happening Now

Healthy Plate Project at Portland Farmers Markets


Gather up your green barter cards and take a ride on the MAX with us! Once a week throughout the Spring and Summer we’ll take a trip to Portland... See all events >

Anti-Sexism Days in the Cafe

Every 1st Friday of the month…


Once a month we open our Cafe space to women-identified people and children only in an ongoing effort to keep our... See all events >

Community Care Nights with People’s Health Clinic of Portland



People’s Health Clinic of Portland are a free health clinic serving those of us living at the crossroads of economic injustice and other systemic... See all events >

Full Plate Project is almost here!

We are all about filling plates and filling hearts at Sisters!

Celebrate the work that we do together during Full Plate Project, our summer matching gift campaign!

Your donation goes the extra distance during June and July. As part of our Full Plate Project, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a pool of generous donors!

It is no longer enough for organizations to ask, “How can we feed a community?”; rather it is essential that we answer together “How do we as a community feed ourselves?” At Sisters, answering that very question has molded the trajectory of our work to create equitable models for food access. Bartering in our Cafe for a healthy meal was the first step that took seed over 36 years ago, and has grown into one of the most radical food justice programs around. Your support allows us to grow and thrive - because everyone deserves a full plate!

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About Us

Sisters Of The Road is a nonprofit Cafe in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood working to create systemic change that will end poverty and homelessness forever by providing nourishing meals in a safe, dignified space. We work to build community one relationship at a time, with nonviolence and gentle personalism, believing everyone has a piece of the truth and that we are all more than the sum of our current situation or past experiences. We interrupt violence and oppression in all forms and our Cafe is a Safer Space where everyone is welcome. Our belief in food justice and universal human rights are reflected in Sisters’ barter work program where folks can work to pay $1.50 for a meal and drink (same price since 1979!) if you aren’t able to pay with cash. We accept cash, SNAP benefits/EBT cards, meal coupons and barter cards. First time guests, families and customers who, for medical reasons, are unable to do any of the work involved in running the Cafe receive a meal and drink at no charge.

Meal Coupons can be redeemed in our Cafe for a meal and a drink or at Portland area farmer’s markets during the growing season. Meal Coupons are an innovative way to share a meal and start a conversation while responding to need in our community. If you’d like to purchase meal cards for $2.00 each, they’re available online here or give us a call or stop by our development office at 618 NW Davis (Tuesday - Saturday, 9-5).

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