NEWS: Thursdays FREE Kid Meal Boxes from Fresh and Local Foods


Thursdays FREE Kid Meal Boxes

Partnering with BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

Curbside Pickup corner Market St./Front St. NE

Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Fresh n’ Local Foods is a locally owned and operated company located in Salem, Oregon since 2007. We started our business with a passion to increase the quality of food and the sourcing of local ingredients in schools. We now serve Boys and Girls Clubs, Meal on Wheels, School Districts in Oregon and Washington, Private Schools, Charter Schools, Head Start Programs, and After Care Programs.

  • Wholesome
  • Made from Scratch
  • Locally Sourced

For more information…

Salem-Keizer Schools provide Free Summer Grab-n-Go Meals in #SalemOR – Monday – Friday

Salem-Keizer Public Schools:

Free Meals Available

Monday – Friday, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Makes Adjustments to Free Meal Sites Due to Bond-Related Construction

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is continuing distribution of free grab-n-go meals (breakfast and lunch) for any child or teen ages 1-18 years old, and anyone with special needs 21 years old or younger throughout the summer break.

Meals include a variety of items like cereal, milk, fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, hamburgers or chicken patties. All foods are fully cooked and safe to eat immediately or reheat.

We also provide families with food boxes in partnership with Marion-Polk Food Share. See more information about distribution of food boxes.

More information and distribution locations…


#Salem Progressive Film Series – Free Screening June 5th to June 7th

Salem Progressive Film Series presents:

A free film screening of the Documentary,

Overload. America’s Toxic Love Story

Friday, June 5 from 10:00 AM to Sunday, June 7 10:00 PM (3 days only):

We miss our audience and friends. And just so you don’t forget us, we thought we’d offer a free community screening via the internet!

This will be our first experiment with streaming a film, so there are some steps you need to follow. Of course, we prefer to show the film in the Historic Grand Theatre, but we can’t do that right now.

About the documentary:

Before starting a family, Soozie Eastman, daughter of an industrial chemical distributor, embarks on a journey to find out the levels of toxins in her body and explores if there is anything she or anyone else can do to change them.

With guidance from world-renowned physicians and environmental leaders, interviews with scientists and politicians, and stories of everyday Americans, Soozie uncovers how we got to be so overloaded with chemicals and undertakes dietary and lifestyle changes, including making informed product choices designed to manage and minimize her toxic body burden.


Please see below for details on how to watch the film.

Below, is an HD version of the documentary:

All you will need to do is click on the link and enter the password in order to view the film.

Password: 5PF@5v

Don’t forget the popcorn.

Thank you and enjoy the film!

Opera singer Andrea Bocelli will perform live on Easter from Italy’s empty Duomo Cathedral

Andrea Bocelli Will Offer His Easter Concert For Free On YouTube

“Bocelli: Music for Hope”

Sunday, April 12, 2020 | 10:00 AM (PT)

Streaming live on Bocelli’s YouTube channel

The Italian tenor will be accompanied only by the cathedral organist, Emanuele Vianelli. He is scheduled to perform sacred pieces such as “Ave Maria” and “Sancta Maria,” Universal Music Group said in a news release.

Universal Music Group is working with the City of Milan, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Sugar Music and YouTube to put on the virtual concert.

“This year, Easter will be very different for all of us,” Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan, said in a statement. “The joyous serenity that usually comes with this day, has been greatly troubled by the pandemic we are experiencing. I am sure that the extraordinary voice of Bocelli will be the embrace we are missing these days, a strong, special hug, capable of warming the heart of Milan, Italy and the world.”

Bocelli is doing this pro-bono, according to the release.

Separate from the Easter concert, the musician’s foundation has raised more than $140,000 for hospitals in his home country of Italy, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. He is also scheduled to perform in the “One World: Together At Home” benefit concert on April 18.

Bocelli said regardless of people’s faith, he hopes Sunday’s concert will bring together “millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world.”

Our #SalemOR Webinar – Wed. April 8th

Our Salem Webinar

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us for a webinar on April 8 to hear about different options for how Salem could grow.

During the webinar, you will:

  • Learn about four options or scenarios for growth and hear how they were developed
  • See how the scenarios compare to each other
  • Get a chance to ask questions

After the webinar, you can weigh in on the scenarios through a new survey that will be posted on the project website.

When and how to join:

Please go to the City of Salem website for more information about this webinar.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Eunice Kim at or 503-540-2308.


The Our Salem project started last year with a look at existing conditions and how Salem could grow under current policies. That first phase resulted in a report card that evaluated whether Salem is headed in the right direction.

Contact us:
Eunice Kim
Project Manager
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 305
Salem OR 97301
Phone: 503-540-2308

City of Salem , Oregon, USA
555 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301


Music! Live! (Streaming) TRUE NORTH “Live from Nowhere” – Sun. March 22nd

Join us for a 30-min live stream duo show,

“Live from Nowhere”

Sunday, March 22 | 7:30 PM

Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel of True North sending some songs your way via the magic of the internet.

We’ll play some old favorites and some brand new songs.

Tickets: pay what you can (minimum $1.00), tip what you wish. Proceeds go toward offsetting costs of our postponed tours and shows.

Learn more at


Once you set up your account, put True North Duo in the site search bar on the home page to buy your ticket.

Top Supporter Rewards:

We will send a signed copy of GHOST TATTOO, our new upcoming album (CD, when it becomes available) to the top five supporters!

To be eligible for any rewards, make sure to complete your top supporter information.

Kris & Dan

#SalemOR – Keizer Public Schools Offering Grab and Go Meals at 36 Locations

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Offering Grab and Go Meals at 36 Locations

In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will close March 16 through March 31.

In order to help alleviate food insecurity, we will be offering breakfast and lunch grab and go bags, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 36 locations. Meals are available to any child 18 and under.

The locations are:

Auburn Elementary School
Bush Elementary School
Chavez Elementary School
Claggett Creek Middle School
Cummings Elementary School
Englewood Elementary School
Eyre Elementary School
Four Corners Elementary School
Grant Community School
Hallman Elementary School
Hammond Elementary School
Harritt Elementary School
Hayesville Elementary School
Highland Elementary School
Hoover Elementary School
Houck Middle School
Judson Middle School
Keizer Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School
Lamb Elementary School
Lee Elementary School
Leslie Elementary School
McKay High School
McNary High School
Miller Elementary School
Morningside Elementary School
North Salem High School
Richmond Elementary School
Salem Heights Elementary School
South Salem High School
Sumpter Elementary School
Walker Middle School
Washington Elementary School
Weddle Elementary School
Whiteaker Middle School
Wright Elementary School

We are extremely grateful for our community partners that are providing additional resources at many of these sites.

Marion Polk Food Share has multiple food pantry sites around the community, as well. Click the link here to view locations.


In addition, Community Action: HOME Youth Services’ Drop-In Center provides three meals a day via the USDA food program to any youth between the ages of 11-18. Food boxes also can be obtained at that
location, 625 Union St. NE, Salem.

SKPS will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with state agencies and will provide updates during the extended break.

Las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer Ofrecerán Comidas Empacadas para Llevar en 36 Escuelas

En continuidad con los recientes mandatos de la gobernadora Kate Brown, El Departamento de Salud de Oregón, y el Departamento de Educación Estatal, el Distrito Escolar de Salem-Keizer cerrará las escuelas del 16 de marzo hasta el 31 de marzo.

Con el propósito de apoyar a nuestros estudiantes, estaremos ofreciendo desayunos y almuerzos empacados para llevar de lunes a viernes de 11 a.m. a 12 p.m. en 36 escuelas. Las comidas serán para cualquier niño/a de 18 años y menores.

Las escuelas son las siguientes:

Escuela Auburn
Escuela Bush
Escuela Chávez
Escuela Intermedia Claggett Creek
Escuela Cummings
Escuela Englewood
Escuela Eyre
Escuela Four Corners
Escuela Grant
Escuela Hallman
Escuela Hammond
Escuela Harrit
Escuela Hayesville
Escuela Highland
Escuela Hoover
Escuela Houck
Escuela Intermedia Judson
Escuela Keizer
Escuela Kennedy
Escuela Lamb
Escuela Lee
Escuela Leslie
Escuela Superior McKay
Escuela Superior McNary
Escuela Miller
Escuela Morningside
Escuela Superior North Salem
Escuela Richmond
Escuela Salem Heights
Escuela Superior South Salem
Escuela Sumpter
Escuela Intermedia Walker
Escuela Washington
Escuela Weddle
Escuela Intermedia Whiteaker
Escuela Wright

Estamos muy agradecidos por nuestros colaboradores de la comunidad que están proporcionando recursos adicionales en muchas de las escuelas.

Marion Polk Food Share también tiene varios sitios de despensa de alimentos en toda la comunidad. Haga clic en el enlace aquí para ver las ubicaciones.

Además, “Community Action: HOME Youth Services Drop-In Center” ofrece tres comidas al día a través del programa de alimentos del USDA a cualquier joven entre las edades de 11-18 años. Las cajas de alimentos también se pueden obtener en 625 Union St. NE, Salem.

SKPS continuará monitoreando la situación en conjunto con las agencias estatales y proporcionará actualizaciones durante las vacaciones prolongadas de primavera.

CANCELED: Public Workshops for “Our #SalemOR” in March

CANCELED: Public Workshops in March


SORRY, I had the previous post in the que months ago and it went out automatically this morning. This is the updated version

Monday, March 16: 6-8 p.m., Court Street Christian Church, 1699 Court Street NE

  • Tuesday, March 17: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Courthouse Square Building, 555 Court Street NE

  • Tuesday, March 17 (in Spanish only in collaboration with Enlace): 6-8 p.m., McKay High School, 2440 Lancaster Drive NE

At the workshops, hear what community members have said about their vision for Salem, and share your feedback on different scenarios for future growth. The general content of each of the workshops will be the same.

The workshops are part of the community-wide visioning we began last year. We will have more opportunities to provide input throughout this year.

Fall Workshops and Online Input

Thank you to everyone who participated in our fall workshops and online mapping exercises! You can check out the input we received on the project website.


The Our Salem project is a multi-year project to update the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan, which guides future development in the Salem area. Salem is expected to add 60,000 people by 2035. With this growth comes the chance to better plan for how and where we want to grow.

The Our Salem project started in 2018 with a look at existing conditions and how Salem could grow under current policies. That first phase resulted in a report card that evaluated whether Salem is headed in the right direction. Check out this story map to see what we did and what we learned.

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Eunice Kim, Project Manager

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