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Produce for People

A grassroots effort in which community gardeners harness their ability to produce food by fulfilling the needs of the hungry. In concert with hunger relief agencies, the program seeks to provide Portland’s emergency food shelters with fresh, nutritious, organic, locally grown food.

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Produce for People (PFP) program, which sprouted in 1995 to combat Portland’s high poverty rate, is a grassroots effort in which community gardeners turn their ability to produce food into an opportunity to fulfill the needs of the hungry. In concert with hunger relief agencies, the program seeks to provide Portland’s emergency food shelters with fresh, nutritious, organic, locally grown food.

Produce for People, supported by amazing gardeners at 31 community garden sites, donated over 26,000 pounds of produce to more than 24 different food pantries in the 2018 garden season!


Join an existing PFP program at your garden!
Not only is PFP is great way to give back, it's also a great way to fulfill community service hours!

  • Contact the community gardens at 503-823-1612 to inquire if there is a PFP program at your garden site
  • Contact your PFP coordinator
  • Join the PFP team at your garden site
  • Acquire plants and seeds to use for PFP
  • Plant an extra row for PFP in your garden plot
  • Donate extra produce from your garden plot
  • Volunteer to deliver produce to local food agencies

Become a PFP coordinator or start a new PFP program
The PFP coordinator works with the volunteer garden manager to coordinate a PFP Program at their garden site. They communicate PFP opportunities to fellow gardeners, build relationships with recipient agencies, coordinate produce collection and deliveries, acquire necessary resources, build a volunteer team, record donations and report them to the office.


PFP Partner Agencies
Gardeners and PFP coordinators choose the recipient of their PFP donations. Each garden must coordinate pick-ups or deliveries with the recipient of their choice. We have established relationships with the following food donation sites. If your partner agency is not listed, please contact us so we can add them to our list.