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Marion-Polk Food Share is “leading the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk counties, because no one should be hungry,” through food distribution and root cause initiatives.

One of the largest of 20 regional food banks in Oregon, the Food Share provides food and support to a network of more than 100 hunger-relief partner programs. This network of food pantries, meal sites and produce distribution sites supplies more than 7 million meals annually to food insecure neighbors. The Food Share also addresses 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 engage community volunteers and help individuals gain skills and work experience, practice leadership, learn sustainable gardening and farm management practices, and make better food choices.

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

 

Projects We Support

 

Farm and Garden Program

Farm and Garden programs are central to the Food Share’s long-term efforts to increase fresh food access and improve quality of life among low-income residents. The Food Share supports the state’s largest community garden network. More than 58 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

Farm Share Rx is an evidence-based prescription fruit and vegetable program that aims to address diet-related disease in Grand Ronde and Salem. We partner with local health clinics to identify patients managing or at risk of diet-related disease for inclusion in a 14-week summer program. Enrolled patients and their families receive a variety of organically grown produce each week and access to nutrition education and cooking classes to establish healthy eating habits. In 2019, we plan to enroll 100 patients, an increase over the previous two years.

We will work with two farms to provide the weekly produce shares to program participants. Mama Tee’s Farmstead is a local market farm in Willamina that will provide 40 produce shares to the Grand Ronde program site. The other is our own Youth Farm on the Chemeketa Community College campus in NE Salem, which will provide 10 shares to Grand Ronde and 50 shares for Salem patients. Youth farmers grow and distribute the farm shares and answer questions about produce storage and preparation.

Support Dates: March, 2018 – ongoing

Organization and Project Photos

Farm Share Rx Distribution – A Farm Share Rx participant selects fresh vegetables for her weekly share.
Farm Share Rx Distribution – A Farm Share Rx participant selects fresh vegetables for her weekly share.
Farm Share Rx Recipe Samples – A youth farmer prepares recipe samples for Farm Share Rx program participants to taste.
Farm Share Rx Recipe Samples – A youth farmer prepares recipe samples for Farm Share Rx program participants to taste.
Youth farmers helped to grow 17,000 pounds of fresh vegetables for the community.
Youth farmers helped to grow 17,000 pounds of fresh vegetables for the community.
Youth farmers clean freshly harvested produce for distribution.
Youth farmers clean freshly harvested produce for distribution.
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