Food Assistance

 Who Does It Serve?

ACCESS Nutrition Program’s hunger relief efforts are focused on providing emergency food assistance and increasing self-sufficiency for our neighbors living on limited resources.

What Does It Provide?

Our food assistance programs include:

  • The ACCESS Food Pantry Network – Provides emergency food boxes to hungry families in Jackson County.
  • Our Fresh Alliance Program – Collects and distributes meat, milk, dairy and other perishable products from grocery stores.
  • The USDA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program – Helps improve nutrition for seniors.
  • ACCESS Gardens – Grows healthy produce for the food pantries throughout Jackson County.
  • Local Gardeners – Grows and shares extra fruits and vegetables through our Plant-a-Row program.

Our mission of alleviating hunger by creating access to food is accomplished with tremendous support from our community and through a variety of innovative programs. We continually work to develop programs and services that respond to the unique needs of special populations, and we work to ensure that these services are delivered with respect and compassion.

We have 24 food pantries that give emergency food boxes to hungry individuals and families in Jackson County. ACCESS distributes meat, milk, dairy and other perishable products from community grocery stores through our Fresh Alliance program. We operate Food Share Gardens, where volunteers grow fresh produce for the food pantries.

Low-income seniors are able to get a monthly food box of items like cereal, dry milk, juice, pasta, rice, peanut butter, dry beans and canned items from the USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Food is donated from generous individuals, businesses, the Oregon Food Bank, grocery stores, food drives and home gardens.

We obtain food for distribution in several different ways:

  • Fresh Alliance is our program for collecting meat, milk, dairy and other perishable products from community grocery stores.
  • ACCESS provides food to 24 emergency food pantries located throughout Jackson County. These pantries provide a variety of fresh and shelf-stable groceries to low-income families and individuals.
  • The USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides low-income seniors in Jackson County with monthly food boxes that may contain cereal, non-fat dry milk, evaporated milk, juice, rice, pasta, peanut butter, dry beans, canned meat, canned fruit and vegetables.
  • Community Food Systems, such as Rogue Valley Food System Network, making food available to people. This includes: production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste.
  • ACCESS Food Share Gardens are operated by local community volunteers who plant, maintain and harvest the crops. In addition to learning gardening techniques, volunteers can enjoy some of the bountiful excess harvest. Learn how you can volunteer!
  • Plant-a-Row is a way for local gardeners to grow a few extra rows of healthy produce in their home garden and donate it to ACCESS food pantries or partner agencies to help feed the hungry.
  • Food Donations are solicited from generous individuals, businesses and the Oregon Food Bank. These donations often come from local food drives, grocery stores and gardens.

Download our Food Drive Information Kit

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800.795.9272 or 202.720.6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.