Posts Tagged ‘Healthy Foods’

October 20, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

The Urban Harvest Garden, run by the Urban League of Portland, serves to create space for African Americans and others to obtain food security and to engender Environmental Justice – the fair access of land to marginalized people. The garden is run on a collective model, so you work in it when you can and harvest from it when you need. This is an amazing opportunity for residents living in multiunit apartments where garden space is limited or not available. The garden is located on the corner of North Beech Street and North Albina Streets.

Urban-League-Garden-Clean-UpTo jump start the winter season, there is a garden work party on Saturday, October 24 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Tasks include amending the soil, removing summer plants, pulling weeds, planting winter vegetables, and providing general garden maintenance. RSVP’s are welcomed (see contact information below), but are not required.

This is an outdoor rain-or-shine event, so watch the weather and dress appropriately. Restrooms are off site a block away. The garden is wheel chair accessible and some work can be accomplished with diverse mobility.

Light snacks will be provided. No specific training is required and work can be taught on site for any volunteer experience level with gardening; the garden is here to build us up.

The Urban Harvest Garden also acts as an educational zone and receives visits from a neighboring childcare facility and Self Enhancement, Inc.’s nearby school. Future dreams of the garden include distributing produce to Black-owned restaurants and to eventually start a Black farmers market.

PCRI residents interested in using the garden will have support from the garden coordinator, Laquida Landford, and can obtain further free resources including support from PCRI’s Garden Program Specialist, Kirk Rea, who teaches gardening skills and is able to distribute plants, tools, and other supplies.

For more information, contact:
Laquida Landford, 719-427-1368 or by email.
Kirk Rea, 503-282-1359 or by email.

Garden Workparty
Location: 741 N Beech St (corner of Albina St and Beech St)
Date: Sat. October 24, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

June 11, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

abnb8On Wednesday, June 3rd, five volunteers from AirBnB helped weed, mulch, and plant new vegetable starts for the community garden at PCRI’s Park Terrace Apartments. These community gardens give access to residents who cultivate individual garden plots. Common garden plots are open to the entire apartment community who can tend to and harvest from the plots.

Surplus food from the common plots is distributed through food pantries at Park Terrace and other PCRI community centers and the gardens also provide a space for youth education and engagement.

In addition to getting their hands dirty planting new vegetables (an abundant donation of veggie and fruit plants came from partner non-profit Growing Gardens), the volunteers helped turn a compost pile which is used to improve the soil in the garden beds. AirBnB staff volunteer in the community regularly, including previous support given to PCRI last autumn for a landscaping project.

PCRI extends our thanks to all the volunteers who help support our residents and to Growing Gardens for donating vegetables for the garden program.

May 29, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

irenePark Terrace Apartments resident Irene loves the fresh organic produce donated to PCRI by Organics to You. Besides baking, juicing, and making stews, Irene (pictured at right) is a master food preserver who has churned out jams and sauces in such abundance that after stocking her own pantry for the winter, Irene started donating back the preserved fruits to share with her Park Terrace neighbors.

For the past year, Organics to You, a local produce delivery business, has been donating organic fruit and vegetables that are distributed from PCRI’s three local community centers. PCRI staff or volunteers pick up the produce and distribute it to the centers, where it is available to residents thanks to Organics to You’s generous commitment to sustainability and community support. PCRI’s Margaret Carter Community Center also makes produce available to the greater public; typically produce is delivered on Thursdays by 11:00 a.m.

food processingProduce is also used for programs and events, from holiday pot lucks to youth cooking classes. Food justice activist Mo Lohre helps PCRI residents learn food preservation so they, like Irene, have year-round access to healthy foods. Mo (pictured at left, in the center) also works with students from Irvington Middle School who volunteer to support PCRI’s Healthy Food Access Program.

Residents interested in free fresh fruit and vegetables can visit the Margaret Community Center on Thursdays between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., or contact Kirk Rea by email or by calling 503-282-1359. Two Thursdays a month include a lunch which demonstrates the diverse cultural traditions of PCRI residents. Volunteer opportunities are also available to support the Healthy Food Access Program.boxxbox

Fun fact: Mo Lohre and volunteers from the non-profit Creating the Alternative use a bio-diesel/solar powered RV to pick up some of the Organics to You donations. PCRI staff and volunteers also do their part to maintain sustainability, performing many pick-ups by bicycle.

PCRI extends our sincere thanks to Organics to You and to the program volunteers for their generosity and support.

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March 20, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

CM Flyer ENGLISHPCRI is excited to host cooking and nutrition classes at Park Terrace Community Center this spring. The classes, available to all PCRI residents, are in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank and their Cooking Matters™ program. Cooking Matters™ is a nationwide program of Share Our Strength which teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.

PCRI’s first class series will run once per week for six weeks from Wednesday, April 22 to Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Classes will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and participants will be provided a free bag of groceries each week. Lessons cover meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting, and nutrition. These are hands-on classes where all participants will have the opportunity to practice fundamental food skills, including proper knife technique, reading ingredient labels, cutting up a whole chicken, and making a healthy meal for a family of four on a $10 budget.

Classes are open to all PCRI residents. For more information or to sign up, please contact Karissa by email or by telephone at (503) 282-1359.


February 20, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

PCRI invites all Park Terrace and PCRI youth to join us as we explore new foods and learn new skills in the kitchen! The first meeting of PCRI’s Youth Cooking Club will be on Monday, February 23rd from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Maya Cooking ClubThe cooking club is open to all PCRI youth. And activities at this first meeting, will include decorating aprons, discussing safety in the kitchen, and learning to read a recipe card. We will also be making a delicious snack!

Youth must sign up to join and participate. If your child is interested in participating, please sign up by emailing Karissa, coming by Park Terrace Community Center, or calling the center at 503-282-1359. All youth who participate will receive their own apron to keep!

Interested in lending a hand? Contact Karissa to express your interest in volunteering with the Cooking Club!

September 26, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · PCRI

¡Venga a aprender a hacer recetas nuevas, fáciles y nutritivas!

Come and learn how to prepare new, simple and healthy recipes!

Somos educadoras de nutrición de la Universidad del Estado de Oregon Servicio de Extension trabajando con la comunidad.

We are Nutrition Educators from Oregon State University, working with the community.


Ofrecemos clases de:     We offer classes on:

  • Como combinar diferentes alimentos y actividad física para una buena salud
    • How to combine different foods and physical activity for good health
  • Como hacer una mejor compra de alimentos
    • How to save money in the grocery store
  • Como preparar comidas y bocadillos saludables para su familia
    • How to prepare healthy meals and snacks for your family
  • Como mantener la comida sana para su familia
    • Food safety for your family


Donde/Where:     Maya Angelou Community Center, 4012 N Borthwick Ave, Portland, OR

Cuando/When:    El viernes 10 de Octubre, 2014 / Friday, October 10, 2014

Hora/ Time:         10 am


Para más información llame a Yolanda al: 503-254-5004

For more information call Yolanda at: 503-254-5004 or


Educación practica para UD. Y la familia

Education that Works for You

© 2013 Oregon State University, Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

© 2013 Oregon State University, El Servicio de Extensión (Extension Service) de Oregon State University ofrece programas educativos, actividades, y materiales sin discriminación basada sobre edad, color, incapacidades, identidad o expresión de identidad sexual, estado matrimonial, origen nacional, raza, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, o estado de veterano. El Servicio de Extensión de Oregon State University es una institución que ofrece igualdad de oportunid

September 19, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

PCRI is excited to announce several new partnerships aimed to provide resources and opportunities for residents to save money and achieve better health.

A recent partnership with car-sharing service Zipcar will offer residents free or discounted memberships and reduced weekday car-sharing rates. The collaboration with Zipcar is designed to help low-income residents make use of a car share program by offering lower rates. Car sharing also helps residents avoid the financial burden of owning a personal vehicle. Residents who would like to enroll in the program should contact Nuhamin Eiden at PCRI.

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Youth learned and had fun at the Healthy Eating and Active Living Camp

Cover Oregon and Oregon Health Authority have partnered with PCRI to connect with resident families who do not have health coverage. The partnership will improve residents’ access to health care and health coverage through population-specific assistance.

PCRI also recently renewed a partnership with AmeriCorps’ Oregon State Service Corps. An AmeriCorps volunteer joined PCRI’s resident services team in September and will help deliver healthy food access and education to PCRI residents. The AmeriCorps member will organize a food bank for residents and host educational classes for adults and children.

Last, but not least, Oregon State University’s Food Hero program is coming to PCRI’s Maya Angelou Community Center this fall. Culturally-specific nutrition courses will be offered through this partnership, tailored specifically for Hispanic/Latino families residing in the Maya Angelou apartment community. Families will benefit from the program aimed at teaching parents fundamentals of nutrition and navigating the region’s food systems.

Additional information for residents is coming soon and will be included in PCRI’s October resident newsletter.


June 5, 2014 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

PCRI is proud to present the 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival. Once again, we are coming together to promote healthy living through nutrition and exercise by tapping into the rich and ancient sustainable food practices of the African people. We will highlight the different yet similar avenues these cultures took through celebrating the food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon.

Roots Festival PosterThe celebration will feature some of Portland’s tastiest Afro-food vendors, a variety of fun and educational health-related activities for the whole family, and plentiful information from local health based organizations. PCRI residents will be there to share their healthy food access journey through community gardening, nutrition education, senior food bank, and youth summer health camp. We’re excited to have you and your organization participate in the event and help PCRI continue enriching our residents’ lives through the promotion of healthy life choices.

Event Details
Sunday, August 10, 2014
12PM – 8PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Avenue Portland, OR

The event will feature local performers, a key-note speaker, African, African-American, Afro- Latin and Afro-Caribbean food vendors, local non-profits, and micro-entrepreneurs. We expect about 5,000 people to attend the festival and we invite you to join us.

Questions about Portland Roots Festival?
Contact Whitney Shaw or Melody Padilla by email (click a name to send an email message) or by phone: (503) 288-2923.

Interested in volunteering?  CLICK HERE to read about Roots Festival volunteer needs and opportunities.

June 5, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · Featured, PCRI

From July 14 to July 25, 2014, PCRI’s Park Terrace Community Center will be abuzz with the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Camp.  The two-week camp teaches youth the importance of staying active and making healthy eating choices–and empowers them to put those lessons into practice.  The HEAL camp is free for PCRI residents, but is open to other youth with tuition based on a sliding scale based on family income.

Heal Camp 1The 2014 camp builds on the success of prior years.  Youth will learn dance from a variety of instructors–everything from Hip Hop to Belly Dancing (keeping it age-appropriate, of course).  Adding to their dance skills, camp participants will create an animated video Youth will also benefit from cooking classes and by making smoothies from berries they pick themselves. As with prior years, the food prepared by youth in the camp will be combined into a cookbook (check back for those recipes!). Adding to their dance and cooking skills, camp participants will also create an animated video about the camp’s activities.

Prior years’ participants have learned valuable skills in Ninja School, discovered new favorites visiting local farms, and had fun learning about food and gardening while making seed bombs.  Classes will be held at Park Terrace Community Center and Maya Angelou Community Center Monday through Friday from July 14-18 and July 21-25, 2014.

For more information, to register, or to learn more about sliding-scale tuition, please contact Jessie Blanchard, Resident Services Coordinator at PCRI, by e-mail or at (503) 287-4009.  Registration and consent forms must be received by PCRI no later than June 20, 2014 to confirm enrollment in the camp.

Want to Help?

Our camps depend on support and donations of the community!

We are specifically looking for gift cards for snacks, and donations of gardening supplies for the activities, as well as monetary donations to help cover the expense of professional staff members who will lead organized classes.  Donations can be made online HERE.

September 19, 2013 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

Not to worry, we have lots of pictures to share with you!

Roots Fest happened on September 1st at Pioneer Square. It was part of our Healthy Foods Access Initiative where we got to showcase the produce our residents had been growing along with local, afro-centric food, vendors and entertainment. Will Allen of Growing Power was also in town to talk to the community about urban farming and sustainable agriculture.

We are thankful to all those who participated!


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