MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County's regional food bank says that it will receive a healthy helping of food donations this week from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week, as it continues to see high demand for food assistance spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfire disasters.
“We are so grateful to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for providing the ACCESS Food Bank with a significant donation that will help feed thousands of food-insecure individuals and families locally," said Marcee Champion, Food Programs Director at ACCESS.
The LDS Church plans to deliver a semi-truck full of food to the ACCESS food bank warehouse later this week.
“We appreciate the work ACCESS does in providing food to 18 emergency pantries throughout Jackson County,” said John Clason, the LDS Medford Stake President. “To help support their effort, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pleased to donate a full semi-truck of food from our Humanitarian Surplus that will arrive Wednesday, July 28th.”
Clason says a mission of the LDS Church is to help those in need and knows this food donation will help fulfill that mission.
ACCESS feeds one in five Jackson County residents annually, and the organization says that the impact of COVID and the wildfires have increased the threat of food insecurity throughout the local community.