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Community Comes Together to Provide Free, Safe Drinking Water

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Community Comes Together to Provide Free, Safe Drinking Water

Food Share Receives Additional Truckloads of Bottled Water to Distribute to Those Affected by the City of Salem Water Advisory

Marion-Polk Food Share is committed to making sure that all people in our communities have access to nutritious food. This week, we’re also focused on making sure that all of our neighbors have safe water to drink.

On Thursday, May 31, we began distributing 21 pallets of water to our network of  food pantries, meal sites and service agencies who are giving the water to anyone affected by the advisory.

“It’s been so encouraging to see how many people have come together to help their most vulnerable neighbors get free water.” Rick Gaupo, CEO of Marion-Polk Food Share, said. “We’ve been working together with community members, businesses, Marion County and City of Salem staff along with other non-profit organizations to make safe water available to everyone who needs it.”

Today, 400 cases of water were delivered to home-bound seniors and disabled adults through our Meals on Wheels program.

Our incredible team of Meals on Wheels volunteers were joined by many community members who stopped by with their trucks and trailers to help us complete the deliveries. We are so grateful to be part of a community that cares about the health and well-being of all its citizens.

The Food Share has received donations of bottled water by the truckload from generous partners, including Oregon Food Bank, Fred Meyer, Trader Joe’s and WinCo.

If you or someone you know needs access to free drinking water this weekend, please visit our website’s water resource page: www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/find-safe-drinking-water/