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ACCESS Food Pantry Provides food for thousands in Jackson County

ACCESS saw an up-tick in need since the start of the pandemic and says the need only increases around the holidays.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 6:15 PM
Updated: Nov 27, 2020 12:00 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- ACCESS Food Pantry in Medford has served the community of Jackson County since 1976.

The Nutrition Director at ACCESS, Marcee Champion said they typically serve about 5,000 people a month and see a 10 percent increase around the holidays.

ACCESS will be closed through Thanksgiving but will reopen Monday for people who will need food next month.

The pantry relies heavily on donations and volunteers, but Champion said they have had plenty of food because of the generosity of the community. Today, one local business donated eight thousand dollars to the food bank.

One main contributor to ACCESS is the United States Department of Agriculture. The guidelines it has in place make it so people receiving help must be living in Jackson County and meet the income margin for a specific family size.

Staff at ACCESS say they look forward to coming back to work after the holiday because they love helping people.

To contribute to the pantry or register for food help you can visit accesshelps.org.

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