In loving memory of Matthew Choi, Choi’s Kimchi and Portland Farmers Market will offer grant awards of up to $1,500 to support new food and farm business entries to Portland area farmers markets.
Make a tax deductible contribution to the grant online now or by mailing a check to the address listed below!
Please read through the grant eligibility requirements, funding, and additional info here and apply!
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Matt Choi and his mother launched Choi’s Kimchi at Portland Farmers Market in 2011. Their business has since grown to a sustainable regional business. They count their roots and the community at the PSU Farmers Market as a key to their success.
As co-founders, they grew the business to award-winning success. Matt was the managing partner, frequently spent long hours at the PSU Farmers Market and served on the Portland Farmers Market board of directors.
Matt’s cheerful spirit, broad knowledge of food production and generous heart made him a wonderful leader and mentor in the local food community. He built close ties with other farmers market vendors, offered support and is remembered for his generous spirit and kindness.
The Matthew Choi Farmers Market Vendor Grant will be open to all food and farm business owners looking to launch or expand at any Portland area farmers market. The grant aims to reduce financial barriers for new farmers market vendors, particularly those from under-represented and historically marginalized communities.
Awarded funds may cover expenses directly related to selling at a farmers market, such as equipment for market set up & display, stall costs, vehicle rental fees and more.
Applications for the first round of grant funding will open in November – December 2022, with funding to be awarded in January and February of 2023.
You can make a tax deductible contribution online now or by mailing a check.
Please make your check out to “Oregon Community Foundation” with “Donation to Matthew Choi Memorial Fund” in the memo and mail to:
Matthew Choi Memorial Fund
c/o Oregon Community Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill St., Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205