district community partner: urban gleaners mobile markets

Urban Gleaners with Don and Becky

In 2006, Urban Gleaners 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 in Portland 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.

Urban Gleaners picks-up food from an ever-growing roster of donor restaurants, grocery stores, corporate campuses, event sites, colleges and universities, farms, and food wholesalers. At their Central Portland warehouse, they sort and package the donated food into family-sized portions.

Last May, this partnership blossomed in the Beaverton School District thanks to a relationship they had with Supt. Grotting in David Douglas School District. Urban Gleaners Mobile Markets now support more than 1,200 Beaverton School District students with supplemental produce and packaged foods each week. The partnership is currently serving Aloha High School, Beaverton High School and Southridge High School and their feeder communities, as well as ourNutrition Services Department with mobile market food distribution at summer meal sites. In this school year, Urban Gleaners has delivered 18,214 pounds of food to these high schools.