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.

Food Project video

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 shelvesThe Portland Food Project was founded by
Richard Nudelman in S.E. Portland in 2012 with 14 donors contributing 237 lbs. of food to our initial 2 food pantry partners.  We are now the Portland Food Project, crossing Bridges & Burnside collecting over 17,000 lbs. of food every 2 months from over 1,600 donors.

We now serve 21 pantries and have three  affiliate Food Projects; Milwaukie, Beaverton 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.

grocery bag

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

person with grocery bags

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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2018 Pickup Dates:

  • Saturday, February 10th
  • Saturday, April 14th
  • Saturday, June 9th
  • Saturday, August 11th
  • Saturday, October 13th
  • Saturday, December 8th

Most Needed Items:

Non-Perishable Food

  • Peanut Butter
  • Tuna
  • Cooking Oil
  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Hearty Soups
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Fruit
  • 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
  •  Protein
  • 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