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Clackamas-based cider company's program takes donated apples, fruits, berries and turns them into a 'community cider.'

Have a yard full of fallen apples or overgrown bushes ripe with berries? Portland Cider Co. has announced its fifth-annual PDX Community Cider program, which uses donated edible apples, fruits and berries from neighborhoods in the Portland metro area to raise funds for hungry children.

COURTESY PHOTO - Portland Cider Co. co-owner Lynda Parrish cleans apples with her father-in-law Steve Parrish.Portland Cider Co. is collecting bushels (40 pounds or more) of unwanted and fallen fruit through Sept. 30, with no-contact dropoff at its Clackamas Taproom, 8925 S.E. Jannsen Road, Building F. Dropoff hours are from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, or weekends by appointment.

For every bushel of edible-quality apples or pears — and/or for every 10 pounds of berries, plums and other fruits — donors will receive a voucher for a pint of the finished PDX Community Cider once released this fall, redeemable at either of Portland Cider Co.'s two taprooms while supplies last.

"This full-scale community effort is about bringing people together to create handmade craft cider, using the fruits from our own yards here in the Portland metro area, while reducing waste and giving back to a local nonprofit," said Lynda Parrish, co-owner of the cider company. "All apples, pears, fruits and berries are encouraged. The more apples and fruits donated, the more cider we can make, which results in more money raised for feeding kids here in Oregon."

For the first time in the program's five-year history, Portland Cider will package the PDX Community Cider and make it available in 12-ounce six packs and 19.2-ounce "proper pint" single cans. The cider will be released in late September to retailers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Portland Cider will donate 10% of the cider's sales to Hunger-Free Schools, a segment of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon that is committed to actively working to end hunger by connecting people to food and nutrition programs, raising awareness about hunger and advocating for systemic changes.

"By putting our PDX Community Cider in a package for the first time, we expect to raise an even greater amount for our charity partner than ever before," said Jeff Parrish, Portland Cider Co. co-owner. "Last year, this project raised $11,500, more than double the amount raised in 2018. By offering the cider in cans, we can reach even more people and raise more funds to ensure students of all ages and levels in Oregon have enough to eat."

Portland Cider Co. asks that all donated fruit is of edible quality; the company will not accept rotten or moldy fruit. Ugly fruit, however, is welcome, including apples or pears with cracks, scarring, indentations, dimples, scabs, holes or brown spots. Use of disposable boxes or containers is highly recommended. Learn more at portlandcider.com/drive.


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