Sherm’s markets donating 23,000 pounds of food
The Olsrud family, owners of Sherm’s Food 4 Less and Thunderbird Market, is donating 23,000 pounds of food to ACCESS Food Bank to help feed people in need.
The nonperishable food will be distributed to regional food pantries, which are seeing an increase in the number of people needing help this time of year.
"With one in five residents in Jackson County relying on ACCESS for food assistance, this donation will help feed thousands of individuals and families faced with the impossible choice of paying bills or buying food over this holiday season,“ said ACCESS Executive Director Carrie Borgen. ”We are so grateful for the generous support Sherm’s Food 4 Less and the Olsrud family have given to the community and ACCESS over the years."
ACCESS said Olsrud family members are generous supporters of the ACCESS Food Bank. They’ve donated tens of thousands of pounds of food every year since 2000. Their support has helped increase capacity for local food assistance programs and were instrumental in helping build the ACCESS Community Kitchen.
In the 2021 fiscal year, 44,029 Jackson County residents received food assistance through ACCESS food programs, and 5.2 million pounds of food were distributed through 18 pantries in Jackson County. This year, with the impact of COVID-19 and inflation pushing the cost of food higher, ACCESS continues to see the need for food assistance rise in Jackson County, the organization said.