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Marion-Polk Food Share

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1660 Salem Industrial Dr NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-581-3855

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Mission: Leading the fight to END hunger in Marion and Polk counties...because no one should be hungry. Vision: The volunteers, board of directors and staff of Marion-Polk Food Share, in partnership with a positive, nurturing and empowering community that is aware of the hunger needs of its people, both residents and visitors, will provide adequate sustainable resources and programs to meet those needs and work together to identify and eliminate the root causes of hunger. Established in 1987, Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS) is a non-profit charity providing food for people at risk of hunger in Oregons mid-Willamette Valley. Between July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, MPFS distributed $8.9 million dollars worth of foodmore than 6.9 million poundsjust to assist hungry residents of Marion and Polk counties. With that food, our network of over 95 member direct-service charities gave out 77,587 emergency food boxes and prepared and served 588,563 on-site meals. These partner agencies include food pantries, meal sites, shelters, low income day care centers and senior housing sites. MPFS receives food from commercial growers, processors, grocery stores, USDA, the Oregon Food Bank, and community gardens. (Local food drives account for 12% percent of the food collected, and provide an important source of variety.) This food is then sorted, repacked, shelved, refrigerated or frozen largely by volunteers prior to being trucked to partner charities. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in our local area. People work hard and still have to choose between eating and other basic necessities such as medicine and housing. Nearly 44 percent of the people served by the MPFS network are children.
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