Urban Gleaners

Urban Gleaners is a Portland, Oregon nonprofit that collects delicious, fresh food before it can go to waste. And we get it to people who need it.

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PORTLAND, OR – EIN 204641665  urbangleaners.org

In 2006, our founder Tracy Oseran discovered that hunger is not necessarily an issue of access, it is an issue of distribution. She and her two teenagers started talking to people in local restaurants, grocery stores, and bakeries. Tracy began a local movement that has grown into a vibrant volunteer-powered organization feeding thousands of families every week by rescuing fresh, unsold food—made up of the region’s best ingredients, from hand-roasted coffee and organic produce to fried chicken, gourmet deli sandwiches, and gluten-free cookies.

We feed over 4,000 people every week through our school pantries, our summer free farmers markets, and our Mobile Markets at low-income housing communities. We collect and redistribute over 60,000 pounds of food every month. We know that gleaning alone is not going to solve our hunger problem. There are serious systemic issues facing us: widespread poverty, social injustice, and income inequality are just the start of it. But we can make a difference. Join us as a volunteer, a food donor, or with your financial support. Together, we can do a world of good.