According to a press release from Bon Appétit, FEAST Portland has donated $62,143 to its Portland charitable partners Fight Childhood Hunger, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.
Feast Portland 2014 welcomed over 12,000 attendees, and hosted 35 events with 84 chefs, 21 artisans, 23 breweries, 39 wineries, and 13 distilleries. During its three years, the festival has donated over $160,000 to help end childhood hunger in Oregon and across the country, and will continue supporting this effort at Feast Portland 2015, September 17-20.
“2014 was a successful year for Feast Portland overall and we are especially thrilled to make a significant contribution to help end childhood hunger. These funds are used to facilitate services like school breakfast programs, after school meals and summer meals, which feed our children and truly help families in need,” said Feast Co-Founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch.
12,000 attendees is impressive stuff. When you consider the amount some attendees spend on food, hotel rooms, etc., I have to wonder what the overall financial impact is to the city.
If you missed FEAST 2014, you should consider putting away a little extra cash to attend in 2015. It’s a fun, educational weekend, and even better, it’s in the summer, so you have plenty of chance to get outdoors and lose the weight you’ll gain from all the great food!