We are consistently impressed by the community’s commitment to fortifying a vibrant food system. The second Portland Fill Your Pantry exemplified the extent to which Oregonians engage in our regional, sustainable agriculture by supporting local producers.
The 2016 online sales surpassed $36,000 (up from $23,000 last year), and vendors sold an additional $14,000 worth of local food during the three-hour event! That means, Fill Your Pantry shoppers directed over $50,000 dollars to local producers!
The value of this event reverberates beyond the financial impact to our local economy because that $50,000 translates to thousands and thousands of pounds of healthful possibilities. Whole foods like winter squash, beans, honey, grains, root veggies, etc. have made the migration from the fields to home kitchens where creativity and handcraft will morph them into nutrition and sustenance.
For those of you who participated in this event, we hope your experience was positive and that your pantry is prepared to sustain you throughout the winter! For those of you who missed it, save the date for FoFF’s first Salem Fill Your Pantry on January 28th!