Our Produce for People (PFP) program, which sprouted in 1995 to combat Portland's high poverty rate, is a grassroots effort in which community gardeners turn their ability to produce food into an opportunity to fulfill the needs of the hungry. In concert with hunger relief agencies, the program seeks to provide Portland's emergency food shelters with fresh, nutritious, organic, locally grown food. Contact the Community Gardens Office to inquire if there is an existing Produce for People program at your garden site.
In 2013, we had an ambitious goal of increasing donations from 20,000 lbs. to 30,000 lbs. The final citywide tally has been calculated! In 2012, 26 community garden sites donated 20,337 lbs. of produce to 17 different food pantries. This year, 38 community garden sites donated 36,545 lbs. of produce to 30 different food pantries. That’s a 46% increase in garden site participation, 80% increase in produce donations and a 76% increase in food pantry partnerships! Check out the detailed list of citywide donation information. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal!
Produce for People (PFP) Coordinator
The PFP Coordinator works with the site volunteer Garden Manager to coordinate a food donation program at their garden. They communicate opportunities to fellow gardeners, build relationships with recipient agencies, coordinate produce collection and deliveries, recruit volunteers, and record donations. See the position description for details.
If you are interested in becoming a Produce for People Coordinator at your garden site, please contact your volunteer Garden Manager or Rodney Bender at Rodney.Bender@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-6745.
Interested in learning more about PFP? Take a look at how to start a Produce for People Program at your garden including what produce you could be growing!
PFP Signs and Donation Log Forms
- PFP Donation Log Form: Track all produce donations from your garden with this form. Donations are tallied annually from Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 and collected by the office.
- PFP Donation Log Form Template: Adapt this Excel version of the produce log form for your garden.
- PFP Designated Plot Sign: Print and post this sign to identify a designated PFP Plot at your community garden.
- PFP Designated Plot Sign Template: Personalize this sign with your garden name and where the food will be donated.
- PFP Donation Tips Sign Template: FiIl in the information about where donations will be delivered and post on community boards or sheds.
- PFP You are Invited to Donate Sign Template: Fill in the information about where and when donations will be delivered and post on community boards or sheds.
- PFP Plant an Extra Row Sign: Another tool for encouraging gardeners to donate produce.
- Oregon Food Bank Plant a Row Program: A great resource on what to grow, where to donate, local garden organizations, and materials to help get a giving garden started.
- Lettuce Link: An innovative food and gardening program in Seattle that creates access to fresh, nutritious produce and gardening resources for families with lower incomes. They also coordinate a Giving Garden Program in partnership Seattle’s P-Patch community garden program and have some helpful resources on their website.
How to Choose a Partner Agency
Gardeners choose the recipient of their PFP donations. Each garden must coordinate pick-ups or deliveries with the recipient of their choice. Please see the list of food banks giving out food boxes in Multnomah County.
We have established relationships with the following food donation sites. If your partner agency is not listed, please contact us so we can add them to the list:
Central City Concern
232 NW Sixth Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Fish Emergency Service, Inc.
1335 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
Native American Youth and Family Center
5135 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97218
7780 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
Portland Housing Authority/Sellwood
1724 SE Tenino
Portland, OR 97202
Oregon Food Bank
7900 NE 33 Drive
Portland, OR 97211
503-282-0555 or 1-800-777-7427
Snowcap Community Charities
Jeremy Wilebski, Warehouse Manager
17788 SE Pine St
Portland, OR 97233
503-674-8785 ext 16
St Francis Assisi Catholic Church Dining Hall
131 SE Oak
Portland, OR 97214
SUN School Pantry at Earl Boyles School
Susie Barb, Food Pantry Assistant Coordinator
Earl Boyles & Shaver Elementary SUN Program
Metropolitan Family Service
Two Rivers Center, Loaves & Fishes
9009 N. Foss
Portland, OR 97203