Who we are
Feed the Mass is a (501c3) non-profit based in Portland, Oregon, with a goal of bringing people together through food and education. We promote awareness, inclusion and the importance of healthy cooking and eating.
Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Feed The Mass has been providing free Chef-driven meals to anyone in need of food, nourishment, care, and community. We are also providing on the job training for volunteers interested in the food industry, and also training them in the art of making beautiful, healthy food for large amounts of people.
Empower through Food.
Our Core Values
We develop, cook, and serve healthy meals to all in need while working with local property owners, grocery partners, food suppliers, regional farmers and BIPOC Businesses.
Inclusion and Collaboration
We welcome individuals from all cultures and backgrounds. We are building partnerships in our community to educate people about healthy eating, provide workforce training and certifications, create job opportunities and manage excess food supply. We want to inlude and empower children, parents, students, elders, friends, family and neighbors to participate in our goals.
Healthy eating and Sustainable economies
We strive to instill the importance of knowing exactly what is on your plate. We focus on simple, basic, raw ingredients and hope to minimize, if not end, the reliance on processed and prepared foods. All the while working towards creating a system of net neutrality, rerouting potential discarded foods into healthy meals.
Our Founding Story
"Feed the Mass was created in 2016. I started teaching children how to cook and bake simple yet healthy food at their parents’ request. Quickly the word got out and I was teaching my first Little Chef Class.
One day I heard the story of Jesus and the miracle of feeding the masses with 5 fish and 2 loaves of bread. The story wasn’t that he multiplied the food, but that if people shared the little they had it would always be enough. To feed the mass you need to teach people to feed each other.
This is where the name Feed the Mass comes from. My goal is to teach people that we take care of each other through food and cooking. Food connects every person in the world. I want to use it to create a community that is inclusive, diverse, and accessible to everyone."
Jacobsen Valentine, Founder & Executive Director