Portland Meat Collective secures $150K grant


Chase is giving one of its Mission Main Street Grants to a group dedicated to spreading knowledge about local butchery and meat.

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BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Chase is giving one of its Mission Main Street Grants to a group dedicated to spreading knowledge about the benefits of locally-grown and butchered meat.

Portland Meat Collective, a “travelling butchery school,” announced the boost to its coffers on Thursday in a news release. More than 25,000 small businesses from across the country vie for the grant.

”By bringing our students closer to the myriad processes by which meat gets to our tables, and encouraging our students to play a more active role in those processes, we are changing the way they buy and consume meat, said Portland Meat Collective founder, Camas Davis, in the release. “We are also encouraging them to regularly support local, sustainable farmers. Our classes create a strong consumer base that is cognizant of the ways our food choices impact our community and the world at large.” 

PMC plans to use the money to launch a training and mentorship program and make website improvements.

“Just like food is a major part of our culture in Portland, small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy,” said Andrew Fejer, area manager for Chase Business Banking in Portland, in the release. “We are so very proud the Portland Meat Collective stood out among the thousands of applicants nationwide and brought a Mission Main Street grant home to Portland.”

The criteria for the grant: “demonstrating a solid business plan, feasible growth plan, overall passion for their business, the potential to make a positive impact within their local community, and their likelihood to succeed with a two-year time frame.”

Read Oregon Business’ story about the farm-direct meat revolution here.




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