Grow & Give

Grow & Give

We believe that everyone deserves good food.  We define good food as affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food that is easily accessible and sustainably produced in Central Oregon. We recognize that not all Central Oregonians have the same access to this food, and are committed to improving equitable access for all through our programs.  Learn more about food security.

To improve access, we annually collect over 15,000-30,000 pounds of fresh produce from local farmers, gardeners and community members.  In 2021, we collected over 30,000 lbs., which was the equivalend of  26,000+ meals for Central Oregonians. Overall, HDFFA has donated 104,548 lbs. of fresh, local produce to the regional food bank, NeighborImpact, which serves over 40% of their clients.

  • Grow

    A row of carrots or donate surplus zucchini

  • Purchase

    Farm fresh food and donate at our booth

  • Donate

    Donate $$ and support our work

  • Distribute

    We distribute produce to NeighborImpact

  • Complete

    Feel good about supporting your community!

Let’s Follow That Food

From Farm to Table, click on the video below.
Gleaning carrots at Seed to Table Farm
Gathering donations from gardeners
Harvesting lettuce at Swan's Farm

Grow & Give

A fresh food donation program operated in conjunction with local farmers markets, area farmers and the regional food bank, NeighborImpact. 

how it works

During the summer, we collect donated food at our booth at the Downtown Bend and NWX farmer’s markets and deliver to NeighborImpact food bank.  In the spring – fall, we harvest excess food from farmer’s fields through our Harvest Team.

Get Involved

  • Donate produce at our farmers market booths in the summer. This produce can be from your own garden or purchase produce to donate at participating farmer booths. 
  • Sign up to volunteer and glean excess produce from farmer’s fields (Spring – Fall)
  • Donate funds to HDFFA

Where Does the Food Go?

Collected produce is provided to NeighborImpact (the regional food bank) for delivery to their 55+ hunger relief agencies, which serves over 40% of the food bank’s clientele.  Some produce goes into Fresh Harvest Kits –ready-to-make meal kits available containing pantry staple items (pasta, tuna, beans), farm fresh vegetables (kale, carrots), a seasoning packet from Savory Spice, and a recipe card to create a nutritious and delicious meal. 

What Produce Should I Donate?

In 2021 we worked with our food pantry partners and their clients to survey what produce was requested the most and what produce items were a priority for the 2022 season. Please consider donating these items to Grow & Give this year:

Produce Donation Priorities

Leafy Greens

  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Kale (bunched)

Brassicas

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage

Fruit

  • Stonefruit (e.g. apricots, cherries)
  • Berries (esp. strawberries)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Melon
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers (sweet/bell)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
Additional Items

Other

  • Squash
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Asparagus
  • Potatoes

Other

  • Mushrooms
  • Herbs (esp. cilantro)
  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Peas
  • Tomatillos

Who Can Donate Produce?

Anyone can all donate produce through Grow & Give!

Gardeners: Scroll to the bottom of this webpage for locations accepting donations during the Spring-Fall where you can bring washed produce to the HDFFA booth or Market Manager booth. Our Harvest Team can also help harvest produce from local fruit trees and large gardens.

Farmers: We are ready to collect your excess produce from the farmers market and directly from your farm. Our volunteer Harvest Team is available throughout the growing season to help harvest produce for donations (1-2 weeks notice preferred). Consider growing an extra row! Email abigail@hdffa.org with any inquiries.

Since 2020, we have reimbursed HDFFA Partner Farmers $23,900 for produce contributed to Grow & Give. Thank you to our Farm Partners who contributed in 2021:

Local growers have generously supported our food bank and partner agencies with donations of seasonal fruit and vegetables that we don’t often receive through regular donation channels. The fresh leafy greens and ripe berries were especially a welcome treat for the folks accessing hunger-relief services. We are very grateful to be able to offer a wider variety of healthy foods through these donations.”
Carly Sanders, Food Program Director at NeighborImpact

Contact Info

Abigail Gustke
Community Food Access Coordinator
abigail@hdffa.org

Produce donations accepted at:

Downtown Bend

HDFFA booth
May – Oct
Wednesdays, 2pm-6pm

CROP Prineville

Market Info Booth
Jun – Sept
Saturdays, 10am-2pm

Northwest Crossing

HDFFA booth
Jun – Sept
Saturdays, 10am-2pm

Redmond

Market Manager booth
Jun – Sept
Tuesdays, 3pm-6pm

Other Donation Locations

Donate to your local food pantry! Please contact them before you donate.

Donated Leafy Greens

Partners & Funders

Grow & Give is supported by the following sponsors:

2021 Program Partners

  • NeighborImpact
  • HDFFA farmer Partners
  • The Giving Plate
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
  • Seed to Table
Contact Us

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