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.
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.
Anyone entering a Food Share site, partner food pantry, or meal site is required to wear a facial covering. Children under the age of 5 or persons with a disability or medical condition that prevents them from wearing a facial covering are exempt.
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!
There are a limited number of volunteer opportunities available in our warehouse. To keep our community safe we are limiting the number of volunteer spots in each shift and requiring that all shifts be scheduled in advance. To learn more about warehouse volunteer opportunities, please fill out our volunteer application and contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information about available shifts.
Due to the limited shift sizes we have not yet opened for group volunteering. If you have a group that is interested in volunteering, please fill out our group volunteer application and we will be in touch when new group volunteer opportunities are available.
Are you completing a servicing requirement for a class, a program, or court? Due to the limited availability of volunteer opportunities, we may not be able to accommodate all volunteers and schedules. Please let our Volunteer Coordinator know if you are completing a service requirement so that we can best support you in meeting your service goals.
Food Pantries and Meal Sites
Many food pantries are still open, with adjustments to their services. Some meal sites have reopened. We advise clients to call their local pantry or meal site before they visit to confirm hours and services. We urge clients to practice social distancing where possible while accessing these sites. Face coverings are required at all locations. Children under the age of 12 and those persons who require an accomodation or exemption under federal or state law are exempt.
Meals for Kids at Local Schools
Meals continue to be available throughout the summer for kids through most local school districts. Find your school district 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
The dining room at Center 50+ is closed. Refrigerated meals are available for pick-up Monday-Friday from 12:30-1pm. 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. Refrigerated meals will be available for pick-up Monday-Friday from 12-1pm. Clients from South Salem Senior Center can contact the Meals on Wheels office at 503-364-2856 to inquire 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/
The Youth Farm summer program has begun with new safety and social distancing measures in place.
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.
Food Donations from Individuals
We have resumed accepting food donations. For the safety of Food Share staff, please observe social distancing and follow directional signage to drop donations at our warehouse dock. We appreciate our community’s continued support!
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!
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.