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. Since 2015, we’ve collected and donated over 46,000 pounds of fresh produce for over 1/3 of regional food bank clients.
Here’s how it works
HDFFA has booths at both of Bend’s farmer’s markets and works with other organizations in Sisters and Redmond where people can donate fresh food.
- Donate $5 (or more) and we’ll purchase produce from farmers for the food bank
- Buy fresh food at the market and donate at our booth
- Gardeners can donate their extra bounty
- Farmers can donate extra produce at the end of the market
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 nearly 30,000 Central Oregonians who are food insecure or experiencing hunger.
“This donation program is a triple win: farmers market shoppers can donate $5 to HDFFA and are entered to an end-of-season 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
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. If you’re interested in participating in this gratifying experience you can join our Glean Team by filling out our volunteer form.
Gleaning – Info for Farmers
Do you have a surplus crop? Are you interested in donating extra food to the food bank but don’t have the labor to get it out of the field? We are here to help. Please contact Meiko for details on requisite poundage or to schedule a gleaning event on your farm.
Kids’ Food Bank
We are pleased to announce a collaboration between HDFFA, Northwest Crossing Farmers Market and First Interstate Bank. During the farmers market season, children 17 and younger who open a new minor savings account at any First Interstate Bank location in Bend will receive $10 in donation bucks for fresh veggies and produce. Children can experience the powerful act of paying it forward by taking their donation bucks to the HDFFA team located in the heart of the Northwest Crossing Farmers Market. HDFFA uses these donation bucks to buy fresh produce for the food bank. Read more about this exciting initiative here.
Participating Farmer's Markets
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