PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — People living in East Multnomah County can now get free, healthy food every month thanks to the Oregon Food Bank and several other organizations.
The first Free Food Market at the Rockwood Building happened Tuesday. The goal is to get healthy food to people who need it in Northeast Portland’s Rockwood community along with other in east county.
Fresh produce and pantry staples — eggs, beans, whole grains, milk, oil — are among the items available.
“Produce can be really expensive and when budgets get tight, healthy food is kind of the first thing that gets cut,” said the Oregon Food Bank’s Rob Rutledge-Shryock.
The food bank said they serve between 80 and 200 families in a few hours and it’s intended for anyone who needs it. No ID or other checks are required.
The Free Food Market operates in 33 locations across the Portland metro area