"It has been my continued passion to support efforts to improve the lives of farm workers in our community. Many have not been aware of food banks or known where resources are located in our communities."
Frances Lara Alvarado joined the Marion-Polk Food Share Board in 1993. She comes from a family of migrant farm workers and moved to Oregon in 1972. She has been employed by the Oregon Human Development Corporation in Woodburn for 30 years where she has developed training programs and job search classes. She also provides farm workers with access to resources such as emergency food, transportation and housing.
Frances lives in West Salem where she enjoys gardening, dancing and spending time with her bichon frise dog, Rosita. She has two sons and seven grandchildren.