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Donations still needed for ACCESS Food for Hope

Today is the final day of the annual ACCESS Food for Hope drive, as donations are lagging behind goals of garnering $40,000 and 30,000 pounds of food.

Pam Slater, ACCESS development director, said as of late Tuesday, food donations totaled 21,000 pounds and cash donations had reached $29,322.

ACCESS officials say monetary donations are particularly important, as ACCESS can leverage ever dollar donated into about 5 pounds of food.

Since ACCESS is a nonprofit agency, donors can benefit by getting tax deductions on their contributions.

The 2013 drive netted close to $37,000 and about 30,000 pounds of food, enough for 45,000 emergency food boxes for families across Jackson County. This year's goals were based on how much was given in 2013 and in other previous drives.

Highly sought items include nonperishable proteins such as canned meat, tuna and peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables and hygiene products.

Donors can fill up a grocery bag of donations and drop the bag off at any Jackson County fire station, or any Jackson County Umpqua Bank. They can also drop off bags at the Mail Tribune, 111 N. Fir St.; Food 4 Less, 2230 Biddle Road; Sherm's Thunderbird, 2347 W. Main St.; the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St.; Ascension Lutheran, 675 Black Oak Drive; Westminster Presbyterian, 2000 Oakwood Drive; or First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave.

Monetary donations may be made through a secure online site at www.accesshelps.org or by mail to ACCESS Food for Hope, P.O. Box 4666, Medford OR 97501.