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Help the hungry

Anyone looking to make a difference in someone's life this holiday season has some excellent opportunities to make a difference in many people's lives by supporting two important organizations that feed the hungry in our community.

ACCESS is seeing remarkably low donation levels in its annual Food for Hope drive, with totals of donated food and money both at about 20 percent of goal, with only about 10 days to go in its most important food drive of the year. With goals of raising 30,000 pounds of food and $40,000 in cash donations, the agency that serves 26,000 people in Jackson County has a long way to go to fill its pantry shelves.

You can help out by dropping off food donations at any fire station or Umpqua Bank location in Jackson County by Dec. 31. Monetary donations are even more valuable, because ACCESS can provide five pounds of food for every dollar it receives. Donations should be made out to ACCESS, P.O. Box 4666, Medford, OR 97501.  You also can donate through a secure online site at www.accesshelps.org. Click on the Food for Hope Box.

If you're in the mood for making a bigger gift, Ashland-based Food Angels desperately needs a van to replace theirs, which gave up the ghost last week. The organization picks up nourishing produce from area markets that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it to food banks and other outlets for the community's hungry. If you can help, email ashlandfoodangels@gmail.com or call 541-482-5330.