MEDFORD, Ore. — ACCESS says it is in need of the community’s help. The non-profit is hoping to get a lot more people to participate in this weekend’s “Food Project” collections. They say participation in the neighborhood-based collection has dropped off and the need is high this summer.

Without school food programs, the need for summer meals increases. There is also less food coming in from the USDA because of last year’s harvests. ACCESS says the food industry is donating less to the Oregon Food Bank system, too. All of these things up add up to less food in the cubbards of families in need.

If you live in Medford, Ashland, Talent or Eagle Point and you would like to donate, contact ACCESS.