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Celebrating our everyday heroes – Our Village Gardens, Village Market

Jun 3, 2022, 07:00 AM

From the start of the pandemic into lockdown and through the past two years, grocery store clerks around the state have remained on the frontlines, ensuring food is accessible to the community. CareOregon is honored to recognize the everyday heroes at Our Village Gardens, Village Market, one of the first non-profit grocery stores in the state.

Based in North Portland in the New Columbia affordable housing development, this organization serves a critical need getting fresh produce into a community that would otherwise be a food desert. CareOregon is proud to help fund Our Village Gardens’ services. In addition to its grocery store, Our Village Gardens also provides the community with garden plots, access to a community orchard and job programs for youth.

Charles Robertson, Prepared Food Manager, will walk in the parade on behalf of Our Village Gardens. Watch the video below and learn more from Charles and Grocery Store Clerk Richard (Ricky) Harris about how Our Village Gardens show up as a hero in our community.