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Begun in 1989, the food bank operated out of a closet in the John Knox Social Hall.  In 2007, several other local churches joined the effort and the food bank changed its name to the Keizer Community Food Bank. We continue this ministry through donations of food and through volunteers who stock the shelves on Wednesdays and serve clients at the Thursday distribution.  


For information on how to help, contact Jim Johnson, Operations Manager, 503-931-7612

In 2009 the John Knox Community Garden was created to:

  • nurture the growth of food for our gardeners, neighbors and community,

  • build and strengthen community 

  • promote earth-friendly practices and sustainability through gardening.  


There are twenty-two plots averaging 16’x 16’ plus seven raised bed boxes, 4’x 12’  


For available space, please contact the Garden coordinator, Mary Jo Emmett at or call 503 930-0975.  


Congregations Helping People (CHP) is a coalition of Salem and Keizer churches that works out of First United Methodist Church in downtown Salem to assist people with emergent financial needs. By combining our resources with others, we can help meet the needs of more people. 


For more information, call (503) 391-4365 or visit

To make sure our children and youth get the best care possible, DHS/Child Welfare needs Oregon communities to join them in wrapping supports around foster families and caseworkers. Everyone can help in ways small and large, from making a simple donation to becoming a foster parent. You can find a way to help that fits you best here.


452 Cummings Lane N

Keizer, OR 97307


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