Grow & Give

  • Grow

    A row of carrots or donate surplus zucchini

  • Purchase

    Farm fresh food and donate at our booth

  • Donate

    Donate $$ and we will purchase produce

  • Distribute

    Produce to NeighborImpact

  • Complete

    Free karma points earned!

The Program

HDFFA believes that local food should be accessible to everyone. The reality is that there are thousands of food insecure residents that desire fresh local food but have limited access. Our fresh food drive, Grow & Give, is the only program of its kind in Central Oregon.  We collect fresh produce from local farmers, gardeners and community members to improve accessibility to fresh food.  We have donated over 45,000 pounds to the regional food bank, NeighborImpact, which served over 30% of the food bank’s clients in 2018.

How to Get Involved

  1. Donate produce at our farmer’s market booths in the summer
  2. Volunteers can sign up to glean excess produce from farmer’s fields (spring – fall)
  3. Donate funds to HDFFA
  4. *Seeking 2019 Grow & Give Market Interns!*

how it works

HDFFA hosts booths at the downtown Bend Farmer’s Market and NW Crossing Farmers Market where people an donate fresh food, and the Redmond Farmer’s Market collects at their Market booth.

  • Visit our booth
  • Donate $$ and we’ll purchase produce from farmers
  • Buy fresh food at the market and donate at our booth
  • Gardeners donate their extra bounty
  • Farmers donate extra produce at the end of the market

Where Does the Food Go?

All donations are provided to NeighborImpact (the food bank) for delivery to 46+ hunger relief agencies and families in their network.  Currently, our program serves 30% of the food bank’s clientele.

“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

Join our Glean Team and harvest excess produce from farmer’s fields in the spring, summer and fall.  Sign-up to volunteer and get your hands dirty!

All gleaners are welcome to take food home.

Calling All Growers!

Donate your veggies and fruit!

Donate your surplus food.  We’ll come to your property with volunteers and glean the produce which is donated to NeighborImpact.

Get Started!
Identify the vegetables/fruit you have to donate, then give us a 2 week minimum heads up to coordinate the volunteers. Contact meiko@hdffa.org or call 541-390-3572

Contact Info

Meiko Lunetta
meiko@hdffa.org
541-390-3572

Participating Farmer's Markets

Downtown Bend

HDFFA booth
Summer 2019
Wednesdays, 2pm-6pm

Northwest Crossing

HDFFA booth
Summer 2019
Saturdays, 10am-2pm

Redmond

Market Manager booth
Summer 2019
Tuesdays, 3pm-6pm

Other Donation Locations

If you missed us at our booth, you can donate to your to a local food pantry.  Many pantries and kitchens gladly accept fresh food donations directly from community members. Learn when and where to donate with this resource! Please contact them before you donate.

Get Kids Involved!

HDFFA is collaborating with First Interstate Bank and their Kids Food Bank project . 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 at the downtown Bend and Northwest Crossing Farmers Markets. These bucks are used to purchase produce and support Grow & Give. Read more about this exciting initiative here.

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