Grow & Give
Grow an extra row of carrots or donate your surplus zucchini
Visit a participating farmers market and purchase fresh produce
Donate $5 or your fresh food at HDFFA's booth
We deliver the food to the food bank or pantry
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Together with YOU, our Central Oregon community, HDFFA is helping make healthy, local produce accessible to those who need it. We work with our partners to collect fresh food donations at regional farmer’s markets, and to glean excess products from farmers.
- Lbs. of food donated
We exceeded our goal in 2017!
Way to go Central Oregon! Together, we donated, collected and gleaned over 16,000 pounds of fresh food for families in need. A special shout out to Casad Family Farms for donating over 11,000 pounds of spuds.
Here’s how it works
HDFFA has booths at both of Bend’s farmer’s markets and works with other organizations in Sisters, Redmond and Madras markets where people can donate fresh food.
- Buy at the market and donate at our booth
- Donate $5 (or more) and we will purchase for you
- Gardeners can donate their extra bounty
- Farmers can donate extra produce at the end of the market
Gleaning at Local Farms
Consider helping us harvest excess produce from farmer’s fields spring, summer and fall. Gleaning events are coordinated by HDFFA with our partner farms and produce is donated on-site to NeighborImpact, the food bank, and is delivered directly to their warehouse for their clients. Please take a moment to fill out our volunteer form if you are interested in being part of this gratifying experience.
“This donation program is a triple win: farmers market shoppers can donate $5 to HDFFA and are entered to a $30 gift basket from local farmers; HDFFA supports our local farmers by purchasing their fresh food at retail prices; and food bank patrons receive locally grown fresh food at the pantry.” -Jane Sabin Davis, Program Manager
Where Does the Food Go?
After the Market, we take the fresh food donations to NeighborImpact (the food bank) for delivery to 44 hunger relief agencies and families in their network. Fresh food donations will help nourish the 1 in 5 Central Oregonians who are food insecure or experiencing hunger.
Participating Farmer's Markets
Market Manager booth
Seed to Table booth
Market Manager booth
Other Donation Locations
If you miss the donation times at the farmers market, there is still a way to donate your excess fruits and vegetables. Many local pantries and kitchens gladly accept fresh food donations directly from community members. Learn when and where to donate with this resource!
“Every other week throughout the summer we were able to donate fresh lettuce, tomatoes, kale, potatoes and more to help folks have fresh food on their families’ plates”.NeighborImpact
"I have donated freshly harvested carrots, zucchinis and tomatoes from my garden. Sharing your gardens bounty is one of the easiest and helpful donations you can do for our community".Bend Resident