Why We Feast

Feast Portland is a food and drink festival that celebrates everything that makes Portland and Oregon awesome, and it’s also an organization with a strong charitable mission. Since its inception, Feast has raised over $450,000 to help end hunger in Oregon and across the country. In 2019, Feast Portland is proud to support two important causes: Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Urban Gleaners.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon works with communities across the state to end hunger before it begins. Partners documents the extent of hunger, coordinates and publicizes existing services, and advocates for programs and policies to eliminate hunger. Their goal is to provide family economic stability and food security so that all Oregonians have sufficient means and ready access to an adequate amount of nutritious, quality food. The programs they support include: Childhood Hunger Prevention via free school breakfast, lunch, summer and after school meals, as well as SNAP Outreach.

Urban Gleaners collects delicious, fresh food before it can go to waste and gets it to people who need it. They pick-up from a growing roster of donor restaurants, grocery stores, corporate campuses, event sites, colleges and universities, farms, and food wholesalers, and sort and package the donated food into family-sized portions. Then they distribute the food to over 40 sites in the Portland Metro area, at schools through their Food To Schools program, at their public Mobile Markets at parks and apartment complexes, and through a variety of hunger services organizations.

Keep an eye out on Feast’s social media and newsletter for updates on our charitable activities and how you can get involved.