Help ACCESS Fill the Grocery Bag

(Medford, OR) – The ACCESS Food for Hope Drive is in full gear and just in time for the holidays. This robust effort by ACCESS, Sherms Thunderbird, Sherms Food 4 Less and the Southern Oregon Media Group is in full swing. This annual drive continues serving hungry friends and neighbors, and to help stock the pantry shelves this holiday season and 2017.

We’ve been doing this grocery bag food drive since 1984,” says Philip Yates, ACCESS Nutrition Director. “It’s one of the longest running and largest food drives in Jackson County, This year we are in great need to fill our pantry system especially with healthier food as well as personal hygiene products.”

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Cash donations can be made securely online at, click on the grocery bag.  Every dollar donated creates 5 pounds of greatly needed food.
  2. Fill any bag with non-perishable food items and/or personal hygiene products and deliver to any of our drop points.
  3. Drop of points include the Mail Tribune, ACCESS, any fire station and Umpqua Bank locations in Jackson County, Sherm’s Thunderbird, Food 4 Less, Ascension Lutheran Church, Medford Congregational Church, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, First Christian Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

You can help provide seniors and families in need with nutritious food. All food donated stays right in Jackson County to fill our 24 emergency food pantries, as well as seven local soup kitchens and the mobile food pantry. Donations of foods rich in protein are especially needed, including peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meat and beans. However, donations of any non-perishable food items are always welcome.

“I’ve dropped 115 pounds, as well as the need for at least 10 different prescription medications. My 16-year-old son and husband have each dropped 40 pounds, as well. I credit the fruits and vegetables provided by the ACCESS Mobile Healthy Pantry for the ‘amazing’ change…even reversed my diabetes, and now have a greater awareness of the foods that cause my fibromyalgia to flare.”—A Grateful Mom (courtesy of Mail Tribune)

As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, ACCESS has been helping Jackson County residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. With a focus on education, ACCESS helps low-income families through economic crisis with programs designed to stabilize their basic needs and provide opportunities for long-term prosperity.

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