Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. announced a new partnership with Urban Gleaners and a $5,000 donation to support the organization in its efforts to alleviate hunger. Urban Gleaners collects edible, surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away and redistributes it to agencies that feed the hungry and to children and their families through their Food to Schools program.
Ken Calwell, CEO of Papa Murphy’s International says, “Urban Gleaners has made a significant impact on our community by creating a way to donate food that would otherwise go to waste. It is a simple concept of efficient distribution that is made possible by the skills and passion of dedicated volunteers. We are thrilled to support this great organization in their mission to alleviate hunger in our community.”
On Monday, March 30, Papa Murphy’s will make a $5,000 donation to Urban Gleaners at a check presentation ceremony during halftime of the Portland Trail Blazers game. In addition to the donation, Papa Murphy’s employees and management team will volunteer and participate in delivering food to Urban Gleaners programs.
“There are many hungry people in the Portland community and we are pleased to have partners like Papa Murphy’s that are committed to helping alleviate hunger,” says Tracy Oseran, founder and executive director of Urban Gleaners. “We have a great organization, but it is made possible by our donors and volunteers and with the support of Papa Murphy’s, we will be able to feed many more families in the area. I’m very proud of what our organization has accomplished. A lot of that is made possible by our volunteers, our food donors, and sponsors like Papa Murphy’s. Their support will help feed many more families in Portland.”
Urban Gleaners redistributes food to Emergency Food Relief Agencies and through its Food to Schools program as well as at Summer Free Farmers Markets. Its 45 volunteers pick up food from various donors on a weekly basis and redistribute it to feed the hungry.