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.

Tere are over 39,000 Central Oregonians who face food insecurity on a daily basis. To improve access, we annually collect over 15,000 lbs. of fresh produce from local farmers, gardeners and community members.  In 2021, we provided over 26,000 meals, and overall we’ve donated 104,548 lbs. to the regional food bank, NeighborImpact, serving over 40% of the food bank’s clients. Our fresh food drive, Grow & Give, is the only program of its kind in Central Oregon.

  • 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

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
  • 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 food bank) for delivery to 55+ hunger relief agencies and families in their network.  Currently, our program serves over 40% of the food bank’s clientele.

Some produce also goes into Fresh Harvest Kits, our ready-to-make mealkit program, at participating pantries. Click here to learn more about Fresh Harvest Kits!

Who Can Donate Produce?

Farmers, gardeners, market patrons, and community members can all donate produce through Grow & Give.

Gardeners: Look at the bottom of this webpage for locations accepting donations during the Spring-Fall. 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 Rachel@hdffa.org with any inquires

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

Rachel Levy
Community Food Access Coordinator
rachel@hdffa.org
541-390-3572

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:

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2021 Program Partners

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

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