Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the food come from?

Grocery stores, restaurants, events, caterers, manufacturers, distributors, gardens, farms, cafeterias. Anywhere that has wholesome, edible food that would otherwise get thrown away.


What kind of food do you get?

There is a common misconception that rescued food is stale or almost rotting. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. One might even call the food that we deliver to children in need “high-end,” because it is—organic produce from 9 Portland farmers markets; chicken, ribs and brisket collected after the Trail Blazer games; yogurt, cheese, milk and eggs from New Seasons, Zupan’s and Whole Foods. And so much more.


Where does it go?

Urban Gleaners distributes food through over 40 sites in Portland. Twenty-four of them are school-based pantries, though our Food to Schools program. Seven are Mobile Markets, which are open to anyone who needs food. The rest are deliveries to other hunger relief organizations.


How can I get food?

Our Mobile Markets are open to anyone. We do not require identification nor proof of need. Most of them are located in the offices of apartment complexes; one is at a park. We do not have memberships or require work in exchange for food.


How can I help?

There are lots of ways to help!

You can see our available volunteer opportunities here.

You can donate money to Urban Gleaners here.

You can arrange to donate food by sending an email to diana[at] or calling 503-226-8061.


What food donations do you accept?

We accept any wholesome, edible food. We welcome fresh garden produce, unserved leftovers from events, and food which has passed its “Best By” date, but is still good.

We cannot harvest backyard fruit or field crops. We do not accept firewood, clothing, or disposable serving ware.


Are food donors liable?

Federal & Oregon laws protect you from liability when you donate food in good faith. Donors who provide food in good faith are protected by both state and federal Good Samaritan laws that were designed both to encourage donation of needed foods and to protect donors.

Read more here