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Food stamps can’t be donated to food pantries

I have some surplus food stamps that I’d like to see contributed to the ACCESS food bank. How can I do that?

― Tom, Talent

Unfortunately, Tom, ACCESS can’t take your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits because they aren’t transferable, said Luis Sanchez, communications supervisor for the social services organization.

Also, there would be no way for ACCESS to equitably distribute the benefits because it serves so many, he said.

However, you can buy food from a grocery store and donate the food to ACCESS for distribution to its network of food pantries, Sanchez said.

The most needed items are peanut butter, canned meat, tuna and toiletries. Please do not donate clothing.

Food donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the ACCESS location at 3630 Aviation Way, Medford.

For other ways to help, ACCESS encourages people to visit its new virtual food drive website or to host fund drives. For information, visit accesshelps.org/fooddrives.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.