ROOTS is a celebration of Portland’s food and beverage community, Pacific Northwest bounty and the legacy of Oregonian James Beard. Programming will include remarks from Congressman Blumenauer on the Farm Bill, educating guests on current food policies and bringing to light the current political climate surrounding American food. Proceeds from the evening will directly support James Beard Foundation Impact Programs, giving chefs tools to become champions of food policies; and The Farmers Market fund, allowing underserved members of our local community access to fresh market produce. We invite you to join us in telling the nation that Oregon and the James Beard Foundation are here to fight for fair food for all.

Farmers Market Fund helps low income families bring home healthy food, supports small farmers and ranchers, and keeps more food dollars in our local economy. We make nutritious, locally grown produce affordable for low-income, elderly, and underserved populations by doubling SNAP benefits at farmers markets across the state, including more than 20 in the Metro area.