Welcome to the Portland Food Project!

food project volunteersThe Food Project is a revolutionary way to collect food: It's a donor drive, not a food drive.

Instead of asking for one-time contributions of food, our volunteers (Neighborhood Coordinators) enlist their neighbors to become long-term Food Donors.

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What's the Food Project about?
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mom and kids picking up foodWhat we do

Neighbors donate a bag of food every two months. It's incredibly easy, because we supply the bag…and we pick up the food! This provides food pantries with a steady, year-round supply of food…and provides donors with the ongoing satisfaction of making a real difference. They also get to know their neighbors, which builds a powerful sense of community. So everyone wins.

What's the result?

full shelvesWe began in Feb. 2012 as the SE Portland Food Project partnering with 2 local food pantries, providing 237 lbs. from 12 donors. We are now the Portland Food Project, crossing Bridges & Burnside collecting 18,000 lbs. from over 1,000 donors in Dec. 2014.

We now serve 15 pantries and have two  affiliate Food Projects; Milwaukie and Hillsboro, working to end child hunger.

Read more…and then click on the link in a box below and join us! Whether you donate food, collect it, help make policy decisions, or help out in some other way, you are what makes this program work. The PFP needs you.

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We’ll bring you a reusable green bag. Put food in it, and we’ll pick it up. It’s that easy!

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Get a group of neighbors to be Food Donors, and pick up their food every two months.

women staffing table

Backup Drivers for food pickups, working information table at neighborhood events.

Want to start a Food Project in your town?

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We'll help! Contact us

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2015 Pickup Dates:

  • Saturday, February 14th
  • Saturday, April 11th
  • Saturday, June 13th
  • Saturday, August 8th
  • Saturday, October 10th
  • Saturday, December 12th

Most Needed Items:

Non-Perishable Food

  • Cereal
  • Hearty Soups
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Beans
  • Dried Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Masa
  • Brown Rice
  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Plain Stewed Tomatoes
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Side Dishes
  • Soy Milk
  • Canned Milk
  • Texturized Vegetable Protein
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
  • Side Dishes (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, etc.)

Especially for Seniors

  • Dried Fruits
  • Ready made jell-o & pudding
  • Ensure protein drinks
  • Low-sodium Pull-tab Soups
  • Low-sodium Single-
    Serving Meals
  • Low-sodium Crackers
  • Green Tea (regular and decaf)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Hard Candies

Non-Food Items

  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap