1 in 6 Jackson County residents are food insecure (being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food), and 1 in 3 are children. By participating in the Hunger Action Month campaign at Food 4 Less or Thunderbird, your donations go directly to ACCESS to help your neighbors.
How to participate:
Throughout September, customers have a chance to donate $1, $5 or $10 at the checkout stand by using Hunger Action Month coupons found in the store and at the register. At the end of the month, the amount raised will be used to purchase healthy and nutritious foods for hungry local families and individuals.
Every dollar donated during Hunger Action Month provides four meals to people in Jackson County.
“Sherm’s has been so generous to ACCESS over the years, and we are grateful for their partnership on this initiative again this year. Last year, the $2600 raised from Hunger Action Month provided more than 10,000 meals to families and individuals in the Rogue Valley. This year we hope to double our goal, raising $5,000 to provide 20,000 meals.”, says ACCESS Nutrition Director Rachael Ward.
According to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, “Child food insecurity can result in poorer school achievement and compromised health throughout a child’s life, and often includes behavioral issues and social difficulties. Undernourished seniors are 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack, 52 percent more likely to develop asthma, and 41 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure.”
The current rate of food insecurity in Oregon is 14.6%, according to the Oregon Food Bank. Food pantries are crucial for our neighbors with about 72% of the people who receive food from pantries have incomes below the federal poverty level. Of households utilizing food pantries, about 80% of them can meet their food needs for the month with the help of a pantry.
Hunger Action Month is a great time of year to give back to your community and support your neighbors. Look for the display at Sherm’s Food 4 Less or Thunderbird or ask your cashier how you can donate to ACCESS during September.