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Funding Area: Health

“Leading the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk counties, because no one should be hungry.”

One of the largest of 20 regional food banks in Oregon, Marion-Polk Food Share collects and distributes more than 8 million pounds of emergency food annually, providing food and support to a network of more than 100 hunger-relief partner programs offering emergency food boxes and hot meals to local people in need of food assistance. Marion-Polk Food Share also works to address the root causes of food and nutrition insecurity and poverty through initiatives that strive to educate, train and build self-sufficiency among low-income residents and youth, with a goal of reducing reliance upon emergency food, and improving community health. Self-sufficiency programs include Community Gardens, Nutrition Education, Workforce Development, Youth Farm and Community Food System Projects. These programs help individuals to gain skills and work experience, practice leadership, learn sustainable gardening and farm management practices and receive nutrition education while growing food for themselves and the emergency supply, engaging with community volunteers and being empowered to tackle food insecurity in community-specific ways.

Our involvement: The Marty Tomberg Charitable Fund has financially supported this organization.

 

Projects We Support

 

Farm and Garden Program

The Farm and Garden Program is central to Food Share’s long-term efforts to increase fresh food access and improve quality of life among low-income residents. Food Share supports the state’s largest community garden network. More than 67 community gardens receive seeds, starts, compost, tools, infrastructure support and training in order to thrive.

The Garden Connection Initiative aims to encourage emergency food pantry guests to consider community vegetable gardening where friends are made and food is grown and shared. To support their efforts, free Seed to Supper basic gardening classes are offered to provide training to successfully grow food on a limited budget.

Support Dates: March, 2015 – February, 2018

 

Farm Share Rx Capacity Building project

The Farm Share Rx Capacity Building project builds on the success of Farm Share Rx, a 10-week evidence-based prescription fruit and vegetable pilot program in the summer of 2017. Farm Share Rx aims to reduce diabetes, obesity, heart disease and diet-related disease among low-income adults referred to the program by health care partners in Grande Ronde and NE Salem (OR) through the provision of healthy, fresh produce through a weekly farm share program. The 2018 Capacity Building project will provide a walk-in cooler to keep harvested produce fresher longer at the MPFS Youth Farm, a 6-acre urban farm located on the Chemeketa Community College campus in NE Salem. The Youth Farm supports the MPFS Youth Leadership Development Program and the Hunger Relief Program.

Support Dates: March, 2018 – ongoing
 

Organization and Project Photos

Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm participants, 2016

Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm participants, 2016

Farm Share Rx Program

Farm Share Rx Program

Nylinn and Raili plant seeds at Marion-Polk Food Share. Image courtesy of Marion-Polk Food Share. Used with permission.

Nylinn and Raili plant seeds during a Bucket Garden event at Marion-Polk Food Share. They were at the event with their aunt Renee, who recently attended a Seed to Supper Class.

Bucket Gardening - Grand Ronde. Image courtesy of Marion-Polk Food Share. Used with permission.

Bucket Gardening – Grand Ronde

Bucket Gardening. Courtesy of Marion-Polk Food Share. Used with permission.

Bucket Gardening

Family garden plot. Courtesy of Marion-Polk Food Share. Used with permission.

Family garden plot

Farm and Garden Program clients. Courtesy of Marion-Polk Food Share. Used with permission.

Farm and Garden Program clients

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