MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford Food Project reached a major milestone Saturday — raising one million pounds of food for hungry families. That haul is a combination of all of the food donated through the project within the past four years.
Much of it is thanks to volunteers like Steve Borchard who go door to door collecting food.
“I pretty much just load my little car up,” said Borchard. “The rear bumper is sagging by the time I head down the road.”
Borchard hits the road the second Saturday of every month, looking for the little green Medford Food Project Bags set outside by neighbors. Each of those bags contains non-perishable food items.
“It’s just very exciting to look down the street and see all the people participating and reaching out and creating this community that helps itself,” said Borchard.
On Saturday, Borchard stopped at 30 houses, loading up more than 400 pounds of food in the trunk of his car. The food is then brought to the ACCESS donation center where it gets divided up between 16 local food pantries.
Today’s milestone came just in time for the holiday season.
“Everyone deserves to have food on their table, and everyone here works together to make sure that in our little valley we at least take care of each other,” said Medford Food Project founder Jane Maynard. “it’s a wonderful, wonderful feeling.”