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According to a food security report released by the USDA in 2012, 13.6% of Oregonians lack consistent access to adequate amounts of healthy food. The Oregon Food Bank reports that, in Multnomah County alone, 16,000 children are affected by not having enough to eat every month. Rising food prices coupled with cost of living expenses like transportation, housing, and utilities make it difficult for many households to find room in their budgets for three nutritious meals a day.

This is when organizations like IHI and the Oregon Food Bank step in. Since 2008, IHI has hosted the Oregon Food Bank's Harvest Share program at its family property in Troutdale. Harvest Share is as effective as it is simple: the Oregon Food Bank picks up donated fresh produce from food retailers and delivers it to specific locations where community members come to collect it free of charge. The program began as a way to supplement Summer Lunch programs in Milwaukie and has since expanded across the Portland area and takes place through all four seasons.

Harvest Share is held at Hewitt Place Townhomes on the second Tuesday of every month from 8-11 am, with distribution starting at 9:30. It is open to the public as well as IHI residents, and we serve an average of 100 households from throughout the community each month. IHI staff members work with Hewitt Place resident volunteers to set up the event and distribute the produce among participants. IHI staff also coordinates a drop-off service for residents at Hewitt Place and another nearby family property who have transportation barriers or schedule conflicts that prevent them from attending during distribution times.

The selection of fresh fruit and vegetables changes seasonally, from kale and potatoes to peppers and strawberries, but Harvest Share's goal stays the same - to provide fresh food that families can use to make nutritious and hearty meals, three times a day. If you would like information about volunteering or participating in this program, please contact Brittini at (503) 226-4368, x1.