COVID-19 Update

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.

Mask Requirement

Anyone entering a Food Share site, partner food pantry, or meal site is required to wear a facial covering. This requirement includes kids aged 5 and older. People with a disability or medical condition may request an accommodation if they cannot wear a mask.

Food Share Lobby Hours

While Marion County is listed in the Extreme or High risk categories, our reception desk will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accept donations but our offices will be closed to the public. Please call ahead if you have questions. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!

Volunteering

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.

Farmers to Families Food Boxes

Weekly distribution of Farmers to Families food boxes will take place at select sites from through the end of February 2021. The boxes contain a mix of refrigerated produce, dairy and meat items, and are distributed in a contactless drive-through style.

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. This requirement includes children aged 5 and older. People with a disability or medical condition may request an accommodation if they cannot wear a mask.

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.

Community Gardens

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/

Youth Farm

The Youth Farm is operating with new safety and social distancing measures in place.

Seed Exchange

The Seed Exchange will not be taking place in 2021 due to unusually high demand for seeds from home gardeners. A lack of supply means we are not able to offer free seeds to the general public, but gardeners in one of our network of community gardens may obtain free seeds by requesting them through their Garden Coordinator. Any surplus seeds will be distributed to food pantries.

Seed to Supper Gardening Classes

All Seed to Supper Gardening classes have been postponed until further notice.

Cooking Matters Classes

All Cooking Matters classes are postponed until further notice.

Food Donations from Individuals

Food donations can be dropped in bins at the Food Share’s main entrance. For the safety of donors and Food Share staff, we are no longer weighing individual food donations. You may also donate items to your local food pantry or drop them in a barrel at one of our community donation partner sites. We appreciate our community’s continued support!

For more information about individual food donations or for help finding your nearest donation site, please contact Ash Sigl at 503-576-3439 or .

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 fill out our online food donation form. Thank you!

Food Drives

The Food Share appreciates our community’s support and continues to welcome donations from food drives. However, safety precautions are limiting in-person events and the Food Share’s ability to pick up donations. For more information about hosting a food drive, visit our Food Drive page or contact Josh Gwin at 503-576-3442 or .

Events

To follow statewide guidelines for social distancing, we have postponed or canceled all Food Share community events that are not directly related to food distribution until further notice.

Health Practices

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.