Two local foundation grants will provide $25,000 to assist ACCESS Food Share in feeding hungry individuals and families in Jackson County.

Two local foundation grants will provide $25,000 to assist ACCESS Food Share in feeding hungry individuals and families in Jackson County.

ACCESS, which operates food banks and other services for the needy in Jackson County, has received a $10,000 grant from the Carpenter Foundation and a $15,000 grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation.

The grant from the Medford-based Carpenter Foundation provides partial funding for a new box truck to increase the capacity of ACCESS in moving emergency food.

The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation grant will be used for emergency food for low-income families and individuals across Jackson County.

ACCESS Food Share provides food for more than 3,200 families each month, a number that is increasing each month, according to Philip Yates, nutrition programs director at ACCESS.

Each year, ACCESS nutrition programs provide food for more than 200,000 on-site meals and aid needy families with more than 38,000 emergency food boxes. The non-profit organization also provides emergency food boxes through a network of 19 food pantries.