Rotary Clubs of Greater Salem Launch Food Drive for Marion Polk Food Share

| March 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Art representing children fed by Marion Polk Food Share


2011 Rotary Drive Seeks 45 Tons of Food and $90,000

…because no one should be hungry

“Fight Hunger, Feed Hope” is the theme for the 22nd annual Rotary Workplace Food Drive, which officially kicked off at noon, Wednesday, March 2 at the Rotary Club of Salem meeting at the Salem Conference Center. 

The drive, one of the region’s largest, continues through March 31 and benefits Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS). Thirteen area Rotary Clubs have committed to the challenge of raising at least 90,000 pounds of food and $90,000. 

“This drive is really important to us,” said MPFS President Ron Hays. “Our food stocks are challenged because some sources are diminishing. That has us a little worried. Our biggest need right now is for tuna, peanut butter and canned fruit.” 

Drive co-chairs Ragan Eudy (South Salem Rotary) and Pam Vorachek (Salem Rotary) will lead the charge to encourage local business and public participation in the effort. More than 100 yard signs will be visible around the Marion and Polk counties, designating food drive collection points.  The drive has its own dedicated Web site:

As the regional food bank, MPFS collects the bulk of emergency food that reaches hungry residents via a network of 95 charities that either give out food boxes or that prepare and serve on-site meals.  On average, 6,500 families, including 10,500 children, are being served each month. 

Last year, MPFS fed the network by delivering nearly 7 million pounds of food to member charities.  The value of that food was more than $10 million. With that food, MPFS charities gave out 77,587 emergency food boxes and prepared and served 588,563 on-site meals. 

In 2010, the Rotary Food Drive brought in 106,126 pounds of food and $80,124. Twenty-two businesses and organizations were acknowledged for their outstanding participation.  Those workplaces are: 

Five Ton Plus Club (raised more than 10,000 pounds and/or dollars)  

• City of Salem Employees 

• Garten Services 

• Marion-Polk County Medical Society 

• Marion County Employees 

• Pacific Stair Company 

• Salem Clinic PC 

• Salem Public Library 

• Umpqua Bank 

Ton Plus Club (raised more than 2,000 pounds and/or dollars)  

• Hematology-Oncology of Salem, LLP 

• Highway Trailer Sales 

• Roth’s Fresh Markets 

• Salem Hospital 

• Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP 

• West Coast Bank 

• Willamette University 

1,000 Plus Club (raised more than 1,000 pounds and/or dollars)  

• Bliss Sequoia Insurance and Risk Advisors, Inc. 

• Dr. Lavena Morgan 

• Salem Cardiology Association 

• South Salem High School 

• Statesman Journal 

• The Doctors’ Clinic 

• Union Gospel Mission 

• Dr. Keith White 

During the 2011 Rotary Food Drive, businesses and organizations that contribute more than 1,000 pounds or dollars will be added to the 1,000-Plus Club, those that collect more than 2,000 pounds or dollars will receive a Ton-Plus Award, and any that collect more than 10,000 pounds and/or dollars will receive a Five-Ton-Plus Award. 

Anyone who wishes to help can send donations to: Marion-Polk Food Share, 1660 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem OR  97301.  Food donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For information on how your business or workplace can join in the drive, or to obtain food drive materials, go to or call Denise Lyons at Marion-Polk Food Share, (503) 581-3855, ext. 308. 

Look for these signs for locations to drop off food.  If you live elsewhere, please consider donating to your local food bank. 


Category: Event

About the Author (Author Profile)

Music, food and photography are at the center of Charles’ life. He performed with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera and was assistant principal bassoonist with the Fort Worth Symphony for more than 20 years. When Charles and Victor moved to Baltimore, Charles created Lone Star Personal Chef and Catering Service and taught cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma. Now in Salem, Charles is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Mountain West Real Estate, taught cooking classes for children at the A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, and owns and operates Charles Price Photography. Charles and Vic enjoy entertaining and frequently host dinners as fundraisers for local non-profits and charities

Comments (0)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

There are no comments yet. Why not be the first to speak your mind.

Leave a Reply