Fresh Harvest Kit
Fresh Harvest Kits
The first program of its kind in the country, Fresh Harvest Kits are ready-to-cook meal kits available at local food pantries. The kits contain staples (like pasta or stew), farm fresh vegetables (like kale or carrots), a spice bag and comprehensive recipe card to create a nutritious and delicious meal for families. Fresh Harvest Kits are a collaboration between HDFFA and hunger relief agencies. Each kit contains fresh vegetables and staple ingredients from partner agencies.
Each Kit Contains
- Fresh vegetables donated by Seed to Table Farm
- Staple food pantry ingredients (pasta, beans, rice, etc.)
- Spices or seasonings donated by Savory Spice
- Recipe card
Where to find them
Fresh Harvest Kits are available seasonally at Kiwanis and Bread of Life at the Westside Church in Sisters and The Giving Plate in Bend. To get Fresh Harvest Kits at your food pantry or hunger relief agency, contact us!
How it works
HDFFA coordinates with farmers, hunger relief agencies and volunteers to prepare the Fresh Harvest Kits at participating pantries. We collect fresh food which is included in the kits along with spices and recipes for clients to take home. When using Fresh Harvest Kits, clients will get fresh ideas for creating healthy meals!
Spicing it up
Savory Spice Shop located in the Old Mill District in Bend offers spices, herbs and blends from around the world to add flavor any dish. They are long time partners with HDFFA and generously donated herbs and spices to give the bags the little extra kick they need.
Funding for this project comes from a USDA Community Food Project grant. HDFFA was the only recipient of this grant in the state of Oregon in 2017. Our goal is to create a template by which others can replicate this project. Currently farm fresh food and spices are donated by community members.
Additional funding in 2019 came from Whole Foods Market; in the month of December Whole Foods sponsored all 96 FHKs distributed in Bend.
Start Your Own FHK Program!
We have created a “how-to” guide and recipes for use in your very own Fresh Harvest Kit program! Please download, use, share, and reach out to HDFFA with questions or suggestions – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Fresh Harvest Kit Manual
FHK Sample recipe: Breakfast for Dinner
Our Impact – Since 2018
- 1,600+ Fresh Harvest Kits packaged and delivered to families in Bend & Sisters
- 4,000+ People fed
- Thousands of pounds of fresh produce distributed throughout our community
Current Project Partners
Central Oregon’s regional food bank
The Giving Plate
Monthly food box program. Fresh Harvest Kits available each Thursday.