Fundraiser supports Foodshare Fund Northeast from 11 am to 1 pm this Sunday
Build a better community by building a better burger at the King Portland Farmers Market this Sunday. Portland Farmers Market vendors and community partners have come together to help support Foodshare Fund Northeast (FFNE), the innovative program that helps our local ranchers and growers provide healthy food to our neighbors who receive SNAP benefits.
About 31 million Americans received assistance providing food for their families through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 2009. Area residents who use their SNAP funds at the King Market receive up to $10 in matching tokens to spend with local farmers, growers and ranchers through the fund. With one out of six Oregonians experiencing food insecurity, demand on the FFNE’s program is at an all-time high. Last year, the average match was $234 per Sunday. This year it has risen to $896 per Sunday.
Said Ann Forsthoefel, executive director of Portland Farmers Market, “The Foodshare Fund Northeast, along with its sister program Fresh Exchange for our Buckman Portland Farmers Market, are making an incredibly positive impact on neighbors in need. Rain or shine, these families have been tapping into this fund to get more fresh, local food on their table. Plus these funds put more money in the pockets of our hard-working farmers and ranchers. It’s a win-win, community-building program.”
Jaret Foster, senior market manager of Portland Farmers Market
Local farmers, nurseries and food artisans
- Families gathering
- Burgers grilling
- Shoppers strolling the aisles
- Stacks of farm-fresh vegetables
- Other specialty artisan food producers
- Musical performances
11 am to 1 pm, Sunday, July 4, 2010
NE 7th and Wygant
Portland Farmers Market would like to thank our wonderful vendors and community partners who have graciously donated the following items for this fundraiser:
- Pine Mountain Ranch & Deck Family Farm (burgers)
- Groundwork Organics (veggie toppings)
- Springwater Farm (mushrooms for toppings bar)
- Unbound Pickling (pickles)
- Dave’s Killer Bread (buns)
- Turtle Island Foods, Inc. (Tofurkey vegetarian “sausage” option)
- Grand Central Bakery (vanilla shortbread cookies for dessert)
- New Seasons Market (cheese)
- Alberta Cooperative Grocery (condiments)
- Pesto Out of the Box (pesto for toppings bar)
- Tim’s Cascade Snacks (potato chips)
Deborah Pleva, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 250-4750
Portland Farmers Market is generously supported by the Art Institute of Portland and COUNTRY Financial as season sponsors.
About Portland Farmers Market
Founded in 1992, Portland Farmers Market operates vibrant farmers markets that contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, strengthen the food economy and serve as community gathering places. The local 501(c)6 nonprofit employs five full-time and four part-time employees who manage six weekly farmers’ markets in the Portland area from March until December. The independently-run organization receives no ongoing support from government agencies. More than 26,000 shoppers purchase farm-fresh produce, baked goods, meats, cheeses, seafood and other specialty foods from more than 250 vendors at the height of the season. In addition to operating markets, Portland Farmers Market also serves as an incubator for emerging businesses, a leader of the local food movement, a source of education, a culinary focal point in the community, a cultural destination complete with musical entertainment, and a billboard for Portland’s sustainability movement. To learn more about how Portland Farmers Market aims to grow, nourish and inspire the community, become a Twitter follower, Facebook fan and visit www.portlandfarmersmarket.org.