Since we were founded in 1981, Lift Urban Portland's food programs have been the core of our services. Our programs have expanded during the years, and there are now many ways we share our mission: lifting up our neighbors in need.
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.
A monthly Harvest Share provides donated fresh fruits, vegetables, and breads.
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.
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.
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.