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 *696,286 lbs of food - a 20% increase over the previous year.


*4,008 Delivered Food Boxes were distributed in low-income housing communities - 39% were dietary specific (i.e. tailored to diets for diabetic, gluten-free, high blood pressure, soft food, low sodium, Kosher, etc.)


*60,140 pounds of food were stocked in our Emergency Food Closets (on-site pantries housed in living communities), a 45% increase over the previous year


Preston's Pantry served *11,970 individuals - 50% were first-time visitors 

*48% of all food distributed was produce


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


"I truly rely on what Lift UP gives me to make it through the month. I am so grateful. If you guys didn't do what you do, I honestly don't think I would have made it."

  • - Clara, Vibrant Delivered Food Box recipient

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Lift UP, we believe that social injustice is the root cause of poverty and hunger. 

Hunger disproportionately impacts LGBTQIA+, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and people of color due to the systemic oppression embedded in institutions and policies.  

Lift UP commits to actively working to advance equity and food justice with the direct input of the people we serve.   


Our partners at Pizza Thief are offering a free slice of pizza to thank you for supporting food security. This gift is available for all donations over $35. 

The first 15 people who donate $50 or more will receive $15 gift card to Next Level Burger. Listed on Food Networks website as one of the top places to eat. 


Pizza Thief is a pizzeria and bar in Northwest Portland’s Slabtown.  A spin on a NY style pie, they serve 18” pizzas and large slices, their dough is naturally leavened with a precise combination of sourdough and whole grains with high hydration that makes for an excellent texture, crumb, and flavor.  All of our ingredients come from locally sourced farms, markets and mills here in the Northwest.

Next Level Burger is America's first 100% plant-based burger joint whose mission is “Burgers for a Better World.” Whether you're a vegan, meat-eater or anywhere in between, you'll find something you love on their menu. They offer a variety of different protein options to fit your life – and your tastes!

$7,400 raised of $12,500 goal
106 donations
59% 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.

They're a medium-sized organization with activities in Multnomah Co.

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