We welcome your support at this critical time. Please consider making a donation today.
As our community is facing the many challenges caused by COVID-19, Marion Polk Food Share’s priorities are:
- Providing food to individuals and families through partner agencies, and other distribution sites as needed.
- Delivering meals to home-bound seniors and disabled adults through our Meals on Wheels program.
We are monitoring the evolving situation, and adjusting our response as new information becomes available.
This page is being updated frequently. Please check back often for up-to-date information.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, we suggest visiting the Oregon Health Authority website.
Food Share Lobby Hours
As part of our social distancing measures, our lobby hours are now 9 am to 4 pm, and visitor entry is limited. Please call ahead if you have a question or if you plan to visit. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!
We are temporarily suspending warehouse volunteering. We will use this time to assess our operational needs and our ability to implement social distancing in future volunteer activities. You can sign up now, and we’ll contact you when volunteer shifts begin again.
We have had an incredible response from the community to our request for new volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers. Our need for new drivers has been met at this time. If you are interested, please sign up now, and we’ll contact you when new training sessions are available.
Food Donations from Individuals
We are asking individuals not to bring food donations to our warehouse or office until further notice. We are so grateful for community members’ generosity and desire to help, but we must limit person-to-person contact in our warehouse and office. We will resume accepting food donations as soon as we can do so safely.
Food Donations from Food Industry Partners
If you represent a food processor, distributor, trucker, or other part of the food industry, and you have food to donate, please read our Food Acceptance policy during COVID-19, and then fill out our online food donation form. Thank you!
Food Pantries and Meal Sites
Many food pantries are still open, with adjustments to their services, but some are closed. Meals sites are especially likely to be closed. We advise clients to call their local pantry or meal site before they visit to confirm hours and services. Food pantries and meal sites are considered essential services, and are therefore exempt from the restrictions on gatherings. We urge clients to practice social distancing where possible while accessing these sites.
Meals for Kids at Local Schools
Meals are available for kids through their local schools. Find a location here.
Meals on Wheels Home Delivery
Meals on Wheels is still delivering meals to home-bound seniors and disabled adults. For questions concerning delivery, please call 503-364-2856.
Senior Grocery Boxes (CSFP)
For people who are already enrolled in the program, Senior Grocery Boxes (CSFP boxes) will be delivered to homes until further notice. Clients with questions can contact the Meals on Wheels office. The program is currently full, and taking a waiting list.
Center 50+ Dining Room
Center 50+, including the dining room, is closed. For questions about home delivery of meals, please call the Meals on Wheels office at 503-364-2856.
South Salem Senior Center Dining Room
The dining room at South Salem Senior Center is closed. Clients from South Salem Senior Center can contact the Meals on Wheels office at 503-364-2856 about home delivery.
Many community gardens are open for gardeners to grow their own food at this time, though some gardens are suspending activities for the time being. Gardens are not open to outside visitors while the Stay Home, Save Lives order is in effect, and social distancing and sanitation procedures are being put in place. If you are interested in growing a plot at a community garden or would like to find out if a particular garden is open for gardening, you can find updated contact information for garden coordinators on our website: https://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/programs/community-gardens/find-a-garden/
All Youth Farm work days have been cancelled until further notice.
Seed to Supper Gardening Classes
The following Seed to Supper Gardening classes have been postponed until further notice:
- Falls City Community Center in Falls City
- Church on the Hill in Keizer
- Englewood Apartments in Salem
- Henry Hill Elementary in Independence
Cooking Matters Classes
All Cooking Matters classes are postponed until further notice.
Our trucks are currently focused on delivering to food pantries. As a result, we’re not able to pick up food drive donations right now. We are also asking individuals not to bring food to our warehouse at this time.
To follow statewide guidelines for social distancing, we have postponed or cancelled all Food Share community events that are not directly related to food distribution until further notice.
We are asking volunteers and staff to be especially diligent about standard health practices, like frequent hand-washing and covering coughs and sneezes, and to stay home when they are sick.
Office and Warehouse Cleaning
We have increased our cleaning practices in our offices and warehouse.