Marion-Polk Food Share‘s Mission
Our mission is to lead the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk Counties … because no one should be hungry.
This month, as with every month, more than 40,000 people–including 14,000 children–access emergency food through the Marion-Polk Food Share partner network. This food may be a hot meal served at a shelter, a free community meal served at a church, or as an emergency food box from a food pantry. This nutritious food will stave off hunger for an individual or family when they need it most.
In 1987, Marion-Polk Food Share was formed as an independent nonprofit to help lead the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk counties. Today, the Food Share collects and distributes food to a network of more than 100 partner-agencies. Support from the community makes it possible for the Food Share to distribute food to meal sites, food pantries, foster homes, low-income day care centers, shelters, and senior housing sites across the Mid-Valley. We also operate Meals on Wheels in Salem and Keizer, which delivers meals to seniors and disabled adults.
The Food Share also supports programs that address the root causes of hunger. These programs include:
- Community gardens, which grow healthy food and healthy communities.
- Job skills training programs that empower people to end their own hunger.
- In partnership with the OSU Extension 4H Youth Program, the Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm provides business, agriculture, and leadership training to young people while growing produce for emergency food distribution.
Marion-Polk Food Share is a member of the Oregon Food Bank Network.