Lift Urban Portland (Lift UP)



Our mission is to reduce hunger by providing reliable nutritious food for neighbors in Northwest and Downtown Portland.

Bottom Line for Portland

Donating to Lift UP ensures access to healthy and nutritious food for our neighbors in Northwest and Downtown Portland. 


Last year we distributed *581,636 pounds of food (465,309 meals) - an 18% increase over the previous year.


*3,439 Delivered Food Boxes were distributed in low-income housing communities - 39% were dietary specific ie diabetic, gluten-free, high blood pressure, etc.


*41,470 pounds of food were stocked in our Emergency Food Closets (on-site pantries housed in living communities), a 57% increase over the previous year


Preston's Pantry served *9,434 individuals - 39% were first-time visitors and 54% were from communities of color.


*38% of all food distributed was produce


*99% of clients surveyed say their health improved after receiving food from Lift UP


“I just wanted to say thank you for the Lift UP boxes I receive each month. It's just a beautiful array of foods and is so appreciated. I recently retired and trying to make ends meet at this time is difficult, especially with health issues"

 - Email received from Mary, Delivered Food Box Recipient 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Disproportionate rates of hunger within LGBTQIA+ communities, people with disabilities, and people of color result from systemic oppression embedded in policies and institutions. We take active steps to reduce barriers for the people we serve and engage our community in shaping our work. We commit to continuing our learning as we advance equity and food justice with our neighbors. 


The first 50 gifts over $50 received will get a $20 gift certificate to Elephants Delicatessen. Elephants Delicatessen offers great local foods from scratch every day at six locations around the Portland Metro area. 


Every Give!Guide donor will have their name entered into a drawing for a Freeland Spirits experiential package which includes a private distillery tour with a Freeland distiller + tasting of our Whole Line UP flight (4 spirits + 2 mini cocktails of our canned cocktails to 6 guests.   (Snacks and additional drinks available for purchase)


Goodie bag for the winner includes: 

Freeland t-shirt + 32 oz Fresh mixer of choice + Freeland rocks glasses + Wildwood Freeland Gin scented candle + Freeland stickers

Business Partner(s)

Freeland Spirits is one of very few women-owned and run distilleries in history. Molly Troupe, our Master Distiller, was born wearing a pair of chemist goggles and never took them off. With a background in biochemistry and a Masters Degree in Distillation from Heriot Watt in Scotland, Molly commands perfection with every spirit she orchestrates.


Elephant's Delicatessen, founded in 1979, mission is to provide a fun, friendly, energetic, sensory food experience combined with exceptional quality and service.

$9,597 raised of $10,000 goal
137 donations
96% of Goal


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Year Founded: 1980

Tax ID: 93-0923775

Lift Urban Portland (Lift UP) is in the Hunger category which is sponsored by New Seasons Market

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