Give Food

 

Don’t let extra food go to waste.

Let us get it into hungry hands who need it.

Our warehouse receiving hours are 9 AM – 3 PM Monday through Saturday. If you are going to drop off a donation, please be mindful of a few guidelines:

For individual/personal donations: We accept canned food items no more than 4 years expired. Shelf stable dairy items must be no more than 1 year expired. We cannot accept anything already open (bags of flour, rice, etc). All items must be in clean, unopened condition. 

If you are a business looking to donate food, or have unserved leftovers from an event, please see below for more guidelines. We schedule pickups for over 100 LBS of food –  to coordinate a pickup please email clare@urbangleaners.org or call (503) 226-8061, leave a voicemail and we will get back to you. Sunday donations are by appointment only. Thank you for your support!

What We Need

We welcome wholesome, edible food including fresh produce, unserved leftovers from events, and food which has passed its “best by” date but is still good. Before donating to food insecure families, please consider if you would eat the food yourself as a general rule of thumb. Please see below for detailed instructions about out of date food. Food comes to us for a whole host of reasons —because of overstocked orders and broken delivery boxes, discontinued product lines or holiday inventory the week after the big day has passed. Learn more here about food donations.

No Thanks

We cannot accept heavily dented canned goods or cans more than 4 years expired. We cannot harvest backyard fruit or field crops, and we cannot accept any food that is spoiled or has been opened. We do not accept firewood, clothing, or disposable serving ware.

Curious about liability?

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!

We Set Up the Rest

For business donations: we can bring storage bins, cambros and any necessary containers for picking up your unsold food on a regular schedule. We can also accept donations at our Central Portland warehouse, and are able to accommodate one-time donations thanks to our team of volunteers.

Other Donation Options

  • Bring it to our warehouse at 15 SE 6th Ave. in Portland. We are open to receive donations between 9 AM and 3 PM Monday through Saturday, and Sunday by appointment only. Call or email to set up an alternative time.
  • For larger donations, call or email us to set it up.
  • If you run a restaurant or store and would like to make regular weekly donations, we can set up a pickup schedule. We can provide labeled containers for you to transfer prepared food, so that we can swap them out for new ones at pickup time. Again, call or email to set this up.

A big thanks to all of our current food donors!