Foodshare Fund Northeast, a project of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN), is in full swing. For the second year they are providing matching funds for neighbors using food stamps to buy fresh, local food at the King Farmers Market. This year, in response to a growing and urgent need, they’ve expanded the program. Nearly one in five Oregonians are now receiving food stamps, 39% of them children. Foodshare Fund NE provides funds from the community — businesses, community groups, neighbors — to match food stamps spent dollar for dollar, up to $10 per week. Last year, the average match was $234 per Sunday. This year it has been $896.
Foodshare Fund NE feels privileged to be able to support neighbors with fresh, local food and to support our local farmers and food system. If you’d like the opportunity to help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page “Foodshare Fund NE”. If you’d like to donate, you can do so at the market every week, on-line through PayPal at portland.necoalition.org (specify “Foodshare Fund” in comments), or by mail, 4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211-3939. More information is also available on the Portland Farmers Market site, portlandfarmersmarket.org “Healthy Food for All”.