MEDFORD, Ore. — Every year, the owners of several local grocery stores come through with a major donation to feed the hungry in Southern Oregon, and this year will be no exception.
Sherm's Thunderbird and Food 4 Less are set to deliver a truckload of roughly 23,000 pounds of food to ACCESS on Friday morning — a donation that will help feed thousands of local families.
The owners of these stores, the Olsrud family, has been making similar deliveries each year since 2000, ACCESS said. Although the business' founder Sherm Olsrud passed away in May, his family has made certain to continue the giving tradition. ACCESS reports that the Olsrud family was pivotal in helping them build their Community Kitchen.
“The Olsrud family genuinely cares about our community and ACCESS is very thankful to have them helping feed thousands of hungry individuals and families here in Jackson County,” said Pamela Norr, executive officer for ACCESS.
The organization says that hunger continues to be a growing problem for children, families, seniors, veterans, and others in Jackson County. This year ACCESS served more than 52,000 people — about one in every four residents of the area — and distributed almost five million pounds of food through 24 pantries.