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Food Projects aim for 2 million pounds of food

Neighborhood Food Projects in Jackson County expect to top 2 million pounds of food at their next pickup Saturday, Oct. 8.

ACCESS Inc. is partnering with Food Projects in Medford, Ashland, Talent, Phoenix and Eagle Point in hopes of increasing donors and neighborhood coordinators in anticipation of the milestone. In Jackson County alone, Food Projects have gathered 1.99 million pounds of food since the movement first started in Ashland in June 2009.

Local residents can help increase the supply of nonperishable items to food pantries by signing up for their local Food Project as part of the "Target to 2 Million" campaign. Food Projects are also looking for neighborhood coordinators who can organize small groups of donors and dedicate a couple of hours every other month to picking up donations.

Being a donor to the Food Project is simple. Once you sign up, your neighborhood coordinator will provide you with a green bag. Every week or so, you buy an extra nonperishable food item and place it in the bag. On the second Saturday of even-numbered months, you put the bag on your doorstep first thing in the morning. Your neighborhood coordinator will pick up the food, leave you another bag, and deliver the food to a collection place to be distributed to local pantries.

For more information on the Neighborhood Food Project, see www.neighborhoodfoodproject.com or contact John Javna, Neighborhood Food Project founder, at 541-941-8229 or at javna@opendoor.com, or contact Philip Yates, ACCESS Nutrition Programs director, at 541-774-4320 or at pyates@accesshelps.org.