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Crops available to pick on farms after the regular harvest. Keep half of what you pick for free, the other half goes to Marion/Polk Foodshare food banks. See what crops are available at their website.

Salem Harvest is a non-profit organization that connects farmers and backyard growers with volunteer pickers to harvest fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. At least half of each harvest is donated to the Marion-Polk Food Share or its affiliated food pantries, and volunteer pickers take home the remainder.

Since 2010 more than a half million pounds of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables have been donated by a cheerful army of 2,600 volunteers, making Salem Harvest the largest community harvesting organization in Oregon. In a state that has the nation’s highest rate of childhood hunger, Salem Harvest volunteers and growers have the opportunity to provide direct support for thousands of families and individuals.

Whether you are a farmer, neighborhood tree owner, interested volunteer, or someone who just wants to participate in a harvest, we invite you to join us in our mission of building a compassionate community where neighbors help neighbors in a spirit of goodwill, where hungry families can gain self-sufficiency, where our urban and rural bounty is recognized and appreciated, and where simple, sustainable lifestyles are celebrated

Marion-Polk County Food Share

Free Food Boxes. Call the Marion-Polk Food share, provide them with your address, as well as the number of people in your household, to be directed to the food outlet nearest to your home.

For more information, please contact:

Call 503-581-3855

Community Gardens

We believe ending hunger and cultivating gardens are connected. Gardens build strong communities, and only communities can end hunger. Community gardens help prevent families from needing emergency food and provide a much needed source of nutritious produce. We support a network of 53 gardens in Marion and Polk counties, ranging from school projects to urban farms to demonstration sites to neighborhood gardens.

Our program has three primary goals:

1. To educate the public about growing and choosing healthy, nutritionally balanced foods, good gardening practices and food security.

2. To assure access to healthy food and the means to grow it.

3. To develop economic opportunities through the Community Gardens Program that empower those in need.

Marion-Polk Food Share’s community gardens produce food for distribution at our pantries, as well as for the gardeners themselves, many of whom rely the food they grow. But the gardens do much more than produce delicious, healthy food. They bring people together, across age, cultural and economic barriers. They unify neighborhoods and build strong relationships. They educate us, they fascinate us, and they nourish us.

Free access to local farms for the harvest of surplus crops. Half of each families harvest is theirs to keep, the other half is a donation for the Marion-Polk Food Share.

For more information, please contact:

1665 Cottage St. S.E.

Salem, Oregon 97302







Keizer Senior Center

Lunches – $4.00

930 Plymouth Dr. NE, Keizer, Oregon 97303 (503) 390-7441

Excellent lunches” Tuesday – Friday; Full and nutritious.
Served from 11:15am to 12:15pm 

And many more events, daily !  See link below.