Portland Food Project / Green Bags Program

Portland Food Project...my office is now a drop-off point for PFP.

In 2009, the Food Project was started by some folks in Ashland to make it easy to donate to the local emergency food bank. The SE Portland Food Project began five years later and became the citywide Portland Food Project (PFP). It distributes food to 20 pantries that get the food out to those in need.

Growing up in Eugene, I was raised with farm and backyard produce, eaten fresh or canned for colder months. In my early 20’s I went out on a weeklong backpack trip around Mt Jefferson with no experience about the amount of food I could carry on my pack and what my hungry muscles would need. I packed a couple of dried bananas as an extra special treat, there for some emergency calories. Turns out I didn’t need it, actually forgot about it and found those same bananas several years later when I cleaned out the secret pack pocket. I laughed....had been through various challenging times and never truly needed those bananas...but it sure seemed important to have it with me on that trek.

Much more recently, I helped care for my nonagenarian mother who had a good store within walking distance, family helping her shop and cook, decent teeth and a pleasurable relationship with food. Memory loss and a primal need to have food brought her anxiety about having enough, even when her cupboards were stocked.

We all have our stories...those we witness or hear, those we feel in our beings.

I imagine what true food insecurity feels like to those more vulnerable. It could be a parent newly unemployed, kids off to learn with a hungry body, elders faced with juggling limited resources for health care, rent or food for themselves or a companion animal.

Let me know if you’d like to donate. Its as easy as this...pick up an extra item when you shop or look through your cupboards for something you can share. As often as you would like, bring life sustaining non-perishables to the office and I will make sure it gets to the folks who help stock the shelves of food pantries year-round for neighbors in need. Simple hand to hand to mouth.

A small donation started this summer. Word is that they enjoy the feeling of sharing with others and that this is an easy way to do so.

To read more about the Portland Food Project go to www.portlandfoodproject.org (see side bar for most-needed foods) or call 503-775-2110.