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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Produce for People Program

Portland Parks & Recreation’s 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.

Produce for People, supported by amazing gardeners at 31 community garden sites, donated over 26,000 pounds of produce to more than 24 different food pantries in the 2018 garden season!

Join an existing PFP program at your garden!
Not only is PFP is great way to give back, it's also a great way to fulfill community service hours!

  • Contact the community gardens at 503-823-1612 to inquire if there is a PFP program at your garden site
  • Contact your PFP coordinator
  • Join the PFP team at your garden site
  • Acquire plants and seeds to use for PFP
  • Plant an extra row for PFP in your garden plot
  • Donate extra produce from your garden plot
  • Volunteer to deliver produce to local food agencies

Become a PFP coordinator or start a new PFP program
The PFP coordinator works with the volunteer garden manager to coordinate a PFP Program at their garden site. They communicate PFP opportunities to fellow gardeners, build relationships with recipient agencies, coordinate produce collection and deliveries, acquire necessary resources, build a volunteer team, record donations and report them to the office.

PFP Partner Agencies 
Gardeners and PFP coordinators choose the recipient of their PFP donations. Each garden must coordinate pick-ups or deliveries with the recipient of their choice. 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 our list.

If your organization is interested in becoming a recipient of the Produce for People program, please contact Mikael Brust at or call 503-823-6745.

Produce for People FAQ

Details about how to start a produce for people plot and other facts about PFP

PFP Donation Log Form

Use this form for tracking all produce donations for Produce for People

PFP Plant an Extra Row Sign

Signage for individual gardeners who want to plant part of their plot for PFP

PFP Designated Plot Sign

Print and post this sign to identify a designated PFP Plot at your community garden

PFP Designated Plot Sign Template

Gardeners can personalize this sign with garden name and where the food will be donated

PFP Donation Log Form Template

Gardeners can adapt this Excel version of the produce log form.

PFP Donation Tips Sign Template

FiIl in the information about where donations will be delivered and post on community boards or sheds.