Urgan Gleaners has grown much more since then. Now they have a small warehouse, an Old Town Kitchen and a van of its own. It picks up 40,000 pounds of food each month.
Feeding hungry people inspired Oseran to start out but her work has environmental benefits as well. 40,000 lbs of food saved from a landfill.
The Oregon Food Bank also saves 11,000 tons of food but only to larger quantities of food leaving behind the smaller ones for Oseran.
Trying to keep food out of landfills, Metro provided grants to help out five nonprofits purchase trucks so they could pick up unused food from local restaurants and groceries
. Orseran how now started to deliver food to local schools. Urban Gleaners now delivers to Powellhurst School in Southeast Portland every Tuesday and Thursday. Everything from cereal boxes to canned tuna that can be placed into little backpacks. Kids love the prizes they get to take home.
"I just want to pick up food and take it to people who needed it," Oseran says.
People wishing to volunteer time at Urban Gleaners, or, restaurants and groceries that would like to schedule pick ups, should call 503-226-8061
I not only wanted to highlight a local hero in my eyes but I also wanted to inspire others to do so. Start by contacting your local state ran food bank and asking how you can help. Or maybe as simple as taking your left overs to homeless shelters. Its easy to do and helps out in more ways than one. We could all get a little inspiration from this Oseran.