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Harvest Share brings free, fresh produce to PSU students
Author: Campus Sustainability Office
Posted: July 30, 2015

Need some fruits and veggies? Swing by Portland State’s Harvest Share to pick up fresh, seasonal produce—for free.

Harvest Share—which happens in the PSU Park Blocks on the second Monday of every month—is offered through the Oregon Food Bank in partnership with PSU’s Committee for Improving Student Food Security. Since its launch last April, the program has provided more than 28,000 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies to about 5,000 people, the majority being students.

Food is given out on a first come, first served basis, and is available to everyone, regardless of PSU affiliation or income level. 

The Harvest Share program is intended to both alleviate food insecurity among PSU students and also promote healthy eating.

“Many of our students struggle to access nutritious, affordable food,” said Jessica Cole, associate director for PSU’s Center for Student Health and Counseling and co-chair of the Committee for Improving Student Food Security. “We’re trying to lessen that strain so that students can move beyond worrying about survival and focus instead on preparing for their future careers and becoming actively engaged members of our community.”

In addition to the health benefits, there are environmental benefits to eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Plant foods typically require fewer resources to produce than animal products, and also generate fewer carbon emissions throughout the production cycle.

The monthly Harvest Share will take place through this summer and continue throughout next academic year. For more information or to volunteer at the Harvest Share, please visit the Committee for Improving Student Food Security’s website.