Free Monthly Produce to Continue at PSU
Author: Committee for Improving Student Food Security Posted
Posted: April 23, 2015

Harvest Share VolunteerIn an effort to continue to reduce student food insecurity on campus and bring more fresh food options to students, the PSU Committee for Improving Student Food Security (CISFS) partnered with the Oregon Food Bank (OFB) to bring Harvest Share to PSU. Harvest Share is a program through the OFB that brings free fresh fruits and vegetables in a farmers market-type setting to different locations around the community. The PSU Harvest Share site is the first in location in downtown Portland. On the first distribution on April 13, the CISFS and its troop of more than 40 volunteers distributed 9,000 pounds of food to PSU students, faculty, staff and community members serving over 460 households (more than 1,130 individuals). Free food distribution will continue every second Monday of the month. To volunteer at Harvest Share, visit the harvest share volunteer website.

When: Monday, May 11 at Noon
Where: Park Blocks outside Shattuck Hall
Who: Anyone is encouraged to come. Please bring reusable shopping bags. Distribution is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is not based on need.
Contact: Email for more information.

In addition, the CISFS has also partnered with the Multnomah County Department of Human Services Community Services Division to have an Outreach Specialist at PSU two-three times per week to assist eligible PSU students in signing up for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP) and other benefits through the county or connect them with benefits within outlying counties. This will take place in the Center for Student Health & Counseling (SHAC).

When: Office hours vary through the month of May. Visit the CISFS webpage for specific hours.
Where: SHAC Health Promotion & Education Suite, University Center Building, Enter through Suite 307 and proceed to Suite 310
Who: All are welcome. Assistance is on a walk-in basis.

Visit the CISFS website for more information on either partnership or on the Committee for Improving Student Food Security. Created in 2014 the CISFS is an integral element of a sustainable and equitable Portland State University community. The CISFS seeks to improve PSU students’ ability to access affordable, nutritious, culturally relevant food. This will be achieved through fostering community partnerships, increasing awareness, addressing barriers through policy advocacy, and using data to inform and build capacity for action.