Harvest Share returns to Park Blocks with free produce

Portland State hosted its fifth installment of the monthly Harvest Share on Monday. The volunteer-run event is marked by a row of tables in the Park Blocks behind Shattuck Hall loaded with free, fresh produce meant for members of the PSU and greater Portland communities.

PSU’s Committee for Improving Student Food Security and the Oregon Food Bank host the Harvest Share every second Monday of the month. According to PSU’s Harvest Share event page, “The goal of this partnership is to reduce food insecurity on our campus and in the neighborhood.”

CIFS reported that its Aug. 10 Harvest Share provided 4,866 pounds of food to community members and addressed the needs of 323 area households. Eight hundred and forty-seven individuals passed through the line last month. Previous installments during terms with higher student enrollment turned out upward of 1,200 individuals receiving free produce.

Any leftover food from the event is donated to the Associated Students of PSU Student Food Pantry, located in room 325 of Smith Memorial Student Union.

The next Harvest Share will be Nov. 9 at noon and is first come, first served. More information is available at www.pdx.edu/studentaffairs/CISFS