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 as needed, other distribution sites.
- 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.
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 we volunteer shifts begin again.
We have had an incredible response from the community to our request for new volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers. 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 through April 30. 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 contact us at 503-576-3439 to discuss your donation.
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 of more than 25. 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 home delivery is still delivering meals to home-bound seniors and disabled adults. For questions concerning delivery, please call 503-364-2856.
Center 50+ Dining Room
Center 50+, including the dining room, is closed. We are providing meals to go at the door in place of dining room service. For questions concerning meals to go, please call 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 are welcome to pick up food to go at Center 50+.
We are suspending Community Garden activities while the Stay Home, Save Lives order is in effect.
All Youth Farm work days have been cancelled through the end of April.
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
Classes in Silverton, scheduled for May, are currently unaffected, but plans may change as the situation develops.
Cooking Matters Classes
All Cooking Matters classes are postponed through May 1.
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 through April 30.
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.