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Education & Training

Marion-Polk Food Share addresses the root causes of hunger by teaching skills for self-sufficiency and resiliency through educational and vocational training programs. These programs and initiatives include:

  • Seed To Supper: A free, 6-week introduction to gardening course for low-income individuals, taught by master gardeners.
  • Cooking Matters At The Store: Free classes on shopping smart and healthy at your local grocery store. Classes take place in store locations around Marion and Polk counties.
  • Cooking Classes: Free healthy cooking classes at local food pantries, taught by OSU Extension experts.
  • Work Experience: The Food Share serves over 30 individuals annually through formal work experience opportunities in our warehouse, office, and commercial kitchen.
  • Incite Kitchen Program: A 10-week culinary arts training program for unemployed young adults with a high school diploma or GED.

Contact us About our Education & Training Programs

Work Experience and Kitchen Program - Cheryl Young, Director of Engagement - HR, x341CYoung@marionpolkfoodshare.org

Gardening and Cooking Classes - Surabhi Mahajan, Community Food Education Coordinator AmeriCorps, x338
SMahajan@marionpolkfoodshare.org

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