Marion Polk Food Share has begun distributing 21 pallets of water to help people in the communities affected by the drinking water advisory. This water will be delivered to food pantries, meal sites and service agencies in Salem and the surrounding areas including Stayton and Turner.
The water will then be distributed by our partner agencies to people who are at risk. According to the City of Salem, “Children under the age of six, people with compromised immune systems, people receiving dialysis treatment, people with pre-existing liver conditions, pets, pregnant women or nursing mothers, or other sensitive populations should follow this advisory.”
Volunteers of Marion Polk Food Share have also begun delivering bottled water to home-bound seniors and disabled adults in Salem through our Meals on Wheels program.
The Food Share received 18 of the pallets of water from our partners at Oregon Food Bank. We have also contacted other regional food banks to ask if they have access to additional water, in case it becomes necessary.
Rick Gaupo, CEO of Marion Polk Food Share, says, “We are always concerned about the health of the communities we serve, and we’re committed to making nutritious food accessible to the people who need it. Today, people need water. So today, we’re putting our efforts into bringing safe water into our community and getting it out to people who need it.”