Our Programs

Lift Urban Portland “lifts up” more than a thousand low-income residents of Northwest and downtown Portland each month with food and supportive programs that encourage healthy self-sufficiency.

Food for Kids Backpack Program
Every school-year weekend, we provide backpacks full of healthy, kid-friendly food for children who rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition and other children who live in subsidized housing.

Preston's Emergency Food Pantry and Food Box Delivery
A centrally located, choice-based pantry provides a 4-5 day supply of healthy food for neighbors in need. Weekly food boxes are delivered to housebound elderly and disabled residents.

Resources for Residents in Low-Income Apartment Buildings
We stock emergency food closets, provide wellness and nutrition classes, and foster partnerships with congregations and other groups to meet physical, emotional, and social needs. These connections encourage residents’ self-sufficiency and improve their sense of community and well-being. Each partnership is unique and driven by the residents’ needs, vision, and commitment.

Community Gardens
The Community Garden Program builds and nurtures gardens at several collaborative sites, including First Immanuel Lutheran Church and the White Shield Center. Local residents learn how to grow and cook healthy food. Volunteers include Master Gardeners, chefs, business and school work parties, and neighbors.

Christmas Dinner
Every year since 1985, Lift Urban Portland, in partnership with Congregation Beth Israel, feeds 500 guests in need of a warm meal on Christmas day. Diners also receive a goodie bag of useful amenities including hats, scarves, toothbrushes, and other items.

Partner Programs

Harvest Share
A monthly Harvest Share, sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank, provides donated fresh fruits, vegetables, and breads.

Meals on Wheels Senior Lunch Program, Irving Street
Lift Urban Portland provides some volunteers for the Meals on Wheels senior lunch, which serves nutritious lunches for elders every day during the week.

Portland Food Project
The Portland Food Project challenges families to fill one bag of groceries every two months to donate to local food pantries, such as Lift Urban Portland.