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Portland Organizations and Grassroots Efforts Feeding Black Communities

These are the local groups fighting food insecurity among Portland’s communities of color, or simply feeding black Portlanders as a way of showing solidarity

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Throughout the week, as the larger conversation surrounding anti-black violence continues in the United States, restaurant owners and other Portlanders have begun speaking out in solidarity with protesters and black communities. Many have begun donating to organizations across the country, from the Black Visions Collective to Campaign Zero.

Many of these restaurant and bar owners focus on the larger national projects or Minnesota-specific organizations. While all of those causes are worthwhile, the Portland area also has a number of its own locally based organizations working to fight food insecurity among Portland’s black community.

Twenty eight percent of black Oregonians are food-insecure, according to the Oregon Hunger Task Force. While many organizations exist to help the broader food-insecure population of Oregon — from mammoth groups like the Oregon Food Bank to smaller grassroots projects like the Free Lunch Collective, a few are explicitly working to feed people of color or, even more specifically, black Portlanders living with food insecurity. Some are providing food to black Portlanders and protesters, regardless of hunger level, as a way of showing support and community-building. Below, find a list of various organizations working within the greater Portland area, or support black business owners pursuing food service and farming work. Know of a local organization not on this list? Let us know via our tip line.

The Black Resilience Fund

A GoFundMe launched by a local nonprofit organizer, the Black Resilience Fund takes money donated by non-black allies and helps black Portlanders pay off cost-of-living expenses, be it groceries, bills, childcare, or rent.
How to donate: The Black Resilience Fund GoFundMe

The Equitable Giving Circle

The Equitable Giving Circle buys produce from farmers of color as a CSA, and then donates those produce boxes to communities of color experiencing food insecurity.
How to donate:

Don’t Shoot Portland

Don’t Shoot Portland does a number of different things supporting Portland’s black community and fighting against police violence, from legal workshops to organizing protests and community outreach potlucks. But Don’t Shoot Portland’s work also involves distributing food to marginalized communities. Organizer Teressa Raiford recently donated more than $1,000 to food cart owner Kiauna Nelson to feed black Portlanders, and the organization recently partnered with pop-up Everybody Eats to donate 200 free meals to those in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
How to donate: Donation form

Mudbone Grown

This black-owned farm teaches farming skills to teens and low-income communities, also offering a three-year incubator program for farmers of color and donating CSAs to black families.
How to donate: Donate through PayPal, or donate through the Cash App handle $mudbonegrownllc.

Snack Bloc

This group creates support stations at rallies and protests, providing aid, food, and water to protesters. The group is currently trying to raise money for a food cart to help provide supplies while moving with protesters; the cart will also serve as a mobile food pantry.
How to donate: Venmo @joopjoopcreative, Paypal, or send money through Cash App handle $highwasted

Black Food Sovereignty Coalition

This coalition helps black Portlanders develop small business and farming skills by creating a farm incubator, which provides land at subsidized rates, mentorship from farmers of color, and education in business management, farming, and more.
How to donate:

A map of black-owned restaurants in Portland [SBOR]
The Portland Restaurants Donating to Organizations Serving Black Communities [EPDX]
Eater Portland tip line [EPDX]

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