MEDFORD, Ore. -- ACCESS said it got a call from Star Body Works and Star 24 Hour Towing earlier this week asking if it wanted any of the food from a semi-truck crash. Star 24 Hour Towing said the crash happened on New Year’s Day. Friday, employees were able to salvage fresh produce from the over-turned truck.
"When we got there, there was a spill all over everywhere but we were able to salvage 12 palettes which is quite an amazing amount. I would say that’s somewhere in the region of 5,000 to 6,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables,” said ACCESS Nutrition Programs Director Philip Yates. "It's a blessing in disguise in a way because we don't want anyone to be injured in those kinds of accidents but we want to get in there as soon as we can to salvage as much as we can. So this is an extra bonus for us at this time of the year when there are not as many fresh fruits and vegetables.”
ACCESS plans to start distributing those fresh fruits and veggies out to its pantries Monday. Star 24 Hour Towing said the non-salvageable produce will be donated to a pig farmer.