Grow & Give
A row of carrots or donate surplus zucchini at your farm or garden
Farm fresh food and donate it to us at our booth
Donate $$ and we will purchase produce from farmers
We distribute produce to NeighborImpact
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HDFFA believes that local food should be accessible to everyone. The reality is there are thousands of food insecure residents that desire fresh local food but have limited access. Our fresh food drive, Grow & Give, is the only program of its kind in Central Oregon. We collect fresh produce from local farmers, gardeners and community members to improve accessibility to fresh food. We have donated over 45,000 pounds to the regional food bank, NeighborImpact, which served over 30% of the food bank’s clients in 2018.
how it works
HDFFA hosts booths at the downtown Bend Farmers Market and NW Crossing Farmers Market where people can donate fresh food, and the Redmond Farmer’s Market collects at their market booth.
- Visit our booth
- Donate $$ 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.
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.
Identify the vegetables/fruit you have to donate, then give us a 2 week minimum heads up to coordinate the volunteers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-390-3572
Participating Farmer's Markets
June – October, 2019
July – September, 2019
Market Manager booth
June – September, 2019
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. Make sure the produce is washed and bagged. 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. Sample certificate below! Read more about this exciting initiative here.