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Food Donation Infrastructure Assessment

Partner: Metro Regional Government

Start Date: April 2011

Duration: October 2011

The Food Donation Infrastructure Assessment was a multi-method study which examined the region’s food donation systems to identify primary gaps within the infrastructure.  The assessment recommends options to reduce these gaps based on the findings.

The study included survey research with both food generating businesses and food rescue agencies.  A review of findings demonstrates both similarities and tensions encountered by these groups during the donation process. Primary gaps include access to information about donation processes, insufficient participation in donation processes, and limited utilization of available infrastructure and tools that assist in food donation. Ultimately, improvement of the food donation infrastructure will reduce downstream waste and support the region’s environmental and equity goals.

CES collaborated with Metro and the Oregon Food Bank to lead a workshop, “Strengthening Surplus Food Donation Infrastructure in the Portland-Metro Region” at the 2nd annual Multnomah County Food Summit on June 23, 2011. The workshop focused on strengthening the donation infrastructure through assessing gaps and barriers in the system and identifying potential next steps via group discussions. The approximately 40 attendees represented a cross section of Multnomah County food rescue agencies and several food businesses.

To learn more about the Food Donation Infrastructure Assessment Contact the Project Manager at CES.