Tree Scouting Day Addresses Lack of Fresh Fruit Access in East Portland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Bob Hatton, Program Manager
Portland Fruit Tree Project
503-284-6106
bob@portlandfruit.org 

5th Annual East Portland Tree Scouting Day Seeks to Address Region’s Lack of Access to Fresh, Healthy Produce; Neighbors Invited to Volunteer

Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) hosts its 5th Annual East Portland Tree Scouting Day on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The event, made possible through generous support from East Portland Action Plan, is free and open to the public.

“Our region actually produces an abundance of fresh, healthy produce; that’s not the issue," offers Interim Executive Director, Andy Fisher. “The issue is that large portions of our population – especially in East Portland – lack access to it. These scouting day events address this gap by locating homeowners with under-utilized fruit trees and inviting them to register them (the trees) with PFTP.”

The Tree Scouting Day takes place from 9 AM to 2 PM, and volunteers will receive training, lunch, and support to "scout" for neighbors with under-utilized fruit trees who'd like to register with Portland Fruit Tree Project.  Benefits to homeowners include getting help picking fruit that would otherwise go to waste, potentially getting a tax deduction at year’s end, and the satisfaction that at least 50% of the harvest will be donated to local food pantries that will be distributed to the City’s most vulnerable.

For more information on the 5th Annual East Portland Tree Scouting Day and to volunteer to locate underutilized fruit trees, visit portlandfruit.org/scoutday.

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About Portland Fruit Tree Project: Portland Fruit Tree Project is a grass-roots non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to hunger, food insecurity and lack of access to fresh, healthy produce. For more information, visit www.portlandfruit.org.

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