In 2006 Tracy Oseran began a local movement that has grown into a vibrant volunteer-powered organization feeding thousands of families every week by rescuing fresh, unsold food. Urban Gleaners feeds over 4,000 people every week through school pantries, summer free farmers markets, and Mobile Markets at low-income housing communities. We collect and redistribute over 60,000 pounds of food every month. We know that gleaning alone is not going to solve our hunger problem. There are serious systemic issues facing us: widespread poverty, social injustice, and income inequality are just the start of it. But we can make a difference.
- We are a closed loop system - any food that can’t be donated to our pantries gets redistributed to other in-need non-profits or rescue missions OR gets picked up by local pig farmers.
- An on site covered bike rack encourages our 100 volunteers and small staff to ride their bike to work.
- We manage our business digitally, so produce very little paper waste.
15 SE 6th Ave., Portland, OR, 97214