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Posted on: September 10, 2021

[ARCHIVED] City Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming

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The City of Portland will celebrate Welcoming Week by featuring its second We Are Portland Recipes for Welcoming initiative.

The City is proud to be a part of Welcoming Week, which is demonstrating that in places large and small, rural and urban, people of all backgrounds are coming together to create stronger, more prosperous communities. It is a time to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, parents, and colleagues, and to make our towns more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls our community home. 

The theme for this year’s Welcoming Week (Sep 10th - 19th) is “Belonging Begins with Us”. The initiative is led and championed by the national organization Welcoming America. In concert with that, the City has partnered with Wayside Food programs to feature Recipes for Welcoming, where we will bring the entire community together through food. 

The main concept is to customize the boxes already being distributed within the food insecurity system with two recipes: one from Jamaica and one from Latin America, with all the necessary ingredients to make those two meals. 

We will also seek the engagement of those who are food secured, who have had the option to order the meal kits online through the Recipes for Welcoming website and who will be picking them up on Monday, September 13 at Wayside headquarters. 

There will also be two Facebook Live events on September 15 and 16 where the chefs behind these recipes (Yardie Ting and Empanada Club) will "teach" us all and demonstrate how to make their dishes.

“Welcoming Week is an exciting opportunity to celebrate, among others around the country, that Portland is a global city; a city of neighbors where all individuals, from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities and countries of origins are welcome, celebrated and valued,” said Julia Trujillo Luengo, Director of the City’s Office of Economic Opportunity. “As our city becomes more diverse, it also becomes a city where we all belong and feel welcomed. Please join us to learn from one another during this exciting celebration!”    

“These celebrations are part of a powerful and growing movement in our country and around the world,” said David Lubell, founder and executive director of Welcoming America. “Communities recognize that they are more vibrant and prosperous when everyone feels welcomed and can fully participate. In events across the world this week, new and longtime residents are building bridges and making their communities stronger.” 

Questions about Portland’s Welcoming Week activities? Please contact Julia Trujillo Luengo, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity ( 

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