by David Sweet
The King Portland Farmers Market is in full swing Sundays from 10 am until 2 pm at the King neighborhood facility, NE 7th & Wygant.
Foodshare Fund Northeast, a project of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN), is also in full swing. For our second year we are providing a matching funds for our neighbors using food stamps to buy fresh, local food at the market. This year, in response to a growing and urgent need, we've expanded the program. Nearly one in five Oregonians are now receiving food stamps, 39% of them children. Foodshare Fund NE provides funds from our community -- businesses, community groups, neighbors -- to match food stamps spent at King dollar for dollar, up to $10 per week. Last year, the average match was $234 per Sunday. This year it has been $896 per Sunday.
Foodshare Fund NE is privileged to be able to support our neighbors during this time with fresh, local food and to support our local farmers and food system. If you'd like the opportunity to help, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Facebook page "Foodshare Fund NE". If you'd like to donate, you can do so at the market every week at the NECN info booth, on-line through PayPal at portland.necoalition.org (specify "Foodshare Fund" in comments), or by mail, 4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211-3939. More information is also available on the Portland Farmers Market site, portlandfarmersmarket.org "Healthy Food for All".
Join us! at King Portland Farmers Market Sunday, the 4th of July for Build-a-Burger! Get a $5 meat or vegie burger fresh grilled at the market from 11 am - 1 pm. 100% of proceeds benefit Foodshare Fund NE.