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Deliver Groceries to Neighbors Facing Hunger with Lift Urban Portland!

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Lift UP

Deliver fresh produce and pantry staple items to community members in need. Reduce hunger and food insecurity in NW and Downtown Portland!

Before a volunteer can deliver, they must pass a background check.

Volunteers deliver door to door.

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About Lift UP


735 SW 20th Place, Suite 250, Portland, OR 97205, US

Mission Statement

Lift UP’s mission is to reduce hunger and improve the lives of low-income residents in Northwest and Downtown Portland.


Lift UP was founded in 1980. The goal was to help neighborhood residents through coordinated volunteer efforts.

Initial activities included conducting food drives and distributing government food commodities, helping people connect with existing social services, and providing opportunities for neighborhood residents to socialize.

Lift UP entered a partnership with the Housing Authority of Portland (now Home Forward) to provide socialization and other services to residents of low-income apartment buildings through the Adopt a Building program. Volunteers from churches and synagogues provided community-building and enrichment activities, including social events and classes.

In December of 2007, Lift UP acquired Preston's Pantry and-with the support of donors, Oregon Food Bank, and local businesses-expanded the program to provide staples and fresh food in an environment that emulates a small grocery store. The food pantry now serves 6849 (duplicated) people a year!

In 2016, Lift UP launched the Adopt a Building program, which provides in-building food resources to low-income building residents in Northwest and Downtown Portland. Through this program, Preston's Pantry, and Free Food Market, Lift UP distributed 222,696 pounds of food in the last year!

Advocacy & Human Rights


Mon Aug 09, 2021 - Fri Nov 05, 2021
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM


Varies, all in NW and Downtown PortlandPortland, OR 97210






  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • 2 hours or less
  • Volunteers need to feel comfortable driving a large van for deliveries and have a clean driving record. Alternatively, volunteers can use their own personal vehicles if they are the size of an SUV.

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