Hit the Mt. Ashland slopes for FREE on April 2nd when you donate food for the hungry!

(Medford, OR) – It’s a free day of Mt. Ashland skiing or snowboarding on Sunday, April 2nd for anyone who brings five cans of food to feed the hungry on Mt. Ashland’s “Ski & Snowboard against Hunger” day. Just bring five or more cans of non-perishable food and receive a free full-day lift ticket; all food donated goes to feed the growing number of hungry people in Jackson County, 33 percent of who are children.

“Sunday, April 2nd will be an amazing opportunity, especially for families, to enjoy a day of skiing and snowboarding by bringing five cans of food per person. We encourage everyone to come out, enjoy the day, save money, and take advantage of one of southern Oregon’s best recreational resources in downhill skiing and snowboarding,” said Philip Yates, nutrition program director for ACCESS which operates the ACCESS Food Share Pantry Network of over 24 food pantries.

All-day lift tickets are good from 9 am to 4 pm and regularly cost $49 for those 13 or older and $39 for kids 7 to 12 on the weekend (kids under 6 and seniors over 70 always free.) The Mt. Ashland ski area offers 23 runs plus their open bowl skiing and boarding. All trails are easily accessed by five chairlifts. Mt. Ashland, located eight miles off I-5 Exit 6 south of Ashland, features ski and snowboard rentals, as well as lessons for beginners.

To receive a free lift ticket, bring food to the ACCESS service truck pa¬rked in the Mt. Ashland lot near the lodge. Foods rich in protein are needed, including peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meat, canned vegetable, fruits, and beans. However, donations of any non-perishable food items such as rice, pasta, cold and hot cereals, soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese, flour, and oats are always a big help.

People can also make a secure financial donation to ACCESS online – just click here. For each dollar donated, ACCESS can provide five meals, or approximately five pounds of food, for local residents experiencing hunger.

For more information, contact Chris Bosse, ACCESS Food Bank Supervisor at 541-200-5152 or at cbosse@accesshelps.org or Pam Slater, Access Development Director at 541-690-3974 or at

About ACCESS: 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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