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ACCESS offers food pantries in Ruch, Medford

The hours and locations of two local food pantries managed by ACCESS Inc. are changing.

The Applegate/Ruch Food Pantry will be open from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays in July and August at the Ruch Community Bible Church parking lot, 190 Upper Applegate Road, Ruch.

The West Medford Food Pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through August (except for July 4) at Jackson Elementary School, 713 Summit Ave., Medford.

The changes were made after previous locations used for the food pantries became unavailable due to a scheduling conflict in one case, and remodeling in the other, said ACCESS Nutrition Programs Director Philip Yates.

He said the need for food assistance increases in the summer among families whose children receive school breakfasts and lunches during the school year.

The need is especially acute in rural areas like the Applegate and Ruch area, as well as in West Medford. The West Medford food pantry alone serves more than 400 families, Yates said.