Caffé D’arte, Portland Exchange team up to fight hunger

Multnomah County

Proceeds from bags of coffee sold in the week before National Coffee Day will benefit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland cafe and coffee company are joining forces to fight hunger in honor of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29.

The Portland Exchange cafe lives inside the Porter Hotel on Southwest 2nd Avenue and Jefferson.

Porter Hotel Executive Chief AJ Voytko said the cafe has been selling Seattle’s Caffé D’arte coffee since it opened in 2018.

“We’re going to be celebrating National Coffee Day but we decided to take it to a whole week,” Voytko said. “We’re partnering with Caffé D’arte and selling coffee bags for a good cause.”

When Voytko approached Caffé D’arte about a collaboration to fight hunger, the coffee company jumped on the opportunity.

The Portland Exchange cafe inside the Porter Hotel in downtown Portland, Sept. 18, 2019. (KOIN)

Christine Dixon at Caffé D’arte said they donated 200 pounds of coffee. Every $12 bag of Organico Blend coffee sold in the week leading up to Sept. 29 will benefit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

“Caffé D’arte has been in Portland for over 20 years, so this community is very important to us and giving back to the community — especially for children, they are our future.”

Kids are the focus of the fundraiser; even the art on the bags was created by kids.

“I think it’s important to give back,” said Dixon. “Especially one in five kids in Oregon doesn’t know where their next meal is going to be.”

Kids designed the artwork for special Caffe D’arte coffee bags being sold at the Portland Exchange to fight hunger, Sept. 18, 2019. (KOIN)

It’s a reality that Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon Executive Director Annie Kirschner is working to change. The non-profit fights proposed cuts to programs like SNAP, which would cut off food assistance to 66,000 Oregonians.

“People who are working hard, trying to make ends meet and feed their families so we work hard to make sure their voices are loud and heard and that our leaders understand the impact of hunger in people’s lives,” said Kirschner.

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