Free Food Market

Free Food Market

Free Food Market welcome sign

The Free Food Market is a partnership between the CISFS and the Oregon Food Bank that brings FREE fresh produce, and other food items to PSU students and the greater PSU community. This partnership is an effort to increase student access to healthy food options and to reduce student food insecurity.

Event Details:


  • Free Food Market is held every month on the second Monday
  • Patrons can begin checking-in at 11:30am
  • Food distribution begins by random lottery system at 12:00pm
  • Free Food Market typically wraps up between 1pm and 1:30pm


The South PSU Park Blocks outside of Shattuck Hall

Who can come:

Free Food Market is open to everybody. All PSU students, faculty, staff, as well as community members.

What you need to know:

In the interest of equity and to reduce wait time for our patrons, we use a "lottery" system.  

  • Starting at 11:30 a.m., come to the information table to sign in and get a color stick.
  • At noon, colors will be drawn randomly. When your color is drawn, you will join a small group of people to move through the food line.
  • Return your stick, grab your food, and enjoy! 

Quantities per-person of each item depends on how much of each food type is delivered. Quantities may be limited. 

BRING YOUR REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG. Bags are not supplied and items can get heavy.


Dress for the weather:

Free Food Market is every month throughout the year, rain or shine. We operate out-of-doors with limited areas of shade/cover. Patrons should be prepared with appropriate protective clothing appropriate for Portland weather.

In rare occasions of severe inclement weather, the Free Food Market will be closed. These conditions include:

  • Portland State University is closed due to weather
  • Portland State University has a delayed start
  • The Oregon Food Bank is unable to deliver due to inclement weather conditions
  • The culmination of weather conditions makes it unsafe for our volunteers to be outdoors for extended periods of time, such as when there are near freezing temperatures with rain and high winds.