ACCESS Inc. Nutrition Programs have received 100,000 pounds of fresh produce this year through its garden programs, which include community food-share gardens and the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry campaign.

ACCESS Inc. Nutrition Programs have received 100,000 pounds of fresh produce this year through its garden programs, which include community food-share gardens and the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry campaign.

ACCESS added four food-share gardens this year to help support the nutritional needs of ACCESS food pantries and partner agencies. The gardens, located in Gold Hill, White City, Rogue River and southwest Medford, were operated by local community volunteers who planted, maintained and harvested the crops.

Through the Plant-a-Row campaign, in partnership with KOBI-TV and Grange Co-op, local gardeners donate a portion of their home garden's harvest to ACCESS food pantries and partner agencies to help feed the hungry.

This year's garden harvest from the community represents a 25 percent increase, or about 20,000 pounds of food, from last year, said Philip Yates, ACCESS Inc. Nutrition Programs director.

ACCESS works through a network of more than 20 local food pantries and supplies food to more than 20 agency programs serving low-income individuals.

ACCESS Food Share provides food for more than 3,200 families a month. In Jackson County, the number of people seeking food support increased by more than 8 percent in the last year, and 38 percent of those ACCESS is helping to feed are children.

Visit the ACCESS website at www.access-inc.org to find out how you can help feed the hungry, or call 541-776-6691.

This Halloween, Count Dracula is not the only one who needs your blood. The American Red Cross needs to maintain a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in our local hospitals. Eligible donors can make an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

Where to donate this week:

Today, Oct. 27: 1 to 6 p.m., Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1360 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Friday, Oct. 29: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive, Suite 102, Medford and 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Calvary Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 909 N.E. A St., Grants Pass.

PT Revolution 1009 won reserve grand champion bull at the 2010 Oregon State Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show Aug. 29 in Salem. Pheasant Trek, Wilton, Calif., and Hubman Land & Livestock, Medford, own the April 2009 son of PT Roth Famous Addiction 101. He first claimed reserve junior champion.

Compiled from staff reports