ACCESS gardens generate 100,000 pounds of produce

ACCESS Food Share has received 100,000 pounds of fresh produce this year through its garden programs, which include community food-share gardens and the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry campaign.

ACCESS added three food-share gardens this year to help support the needs of ACCESS food pantries and partner agencies. The gardens, in Gold Hill, White City, Rogue River and Southwest Medford, were operated by community volunteers who planted, maintained and harvested the crops.

Through the Plant-a-Row campaign, in partnership with KOBI-TV and Grange Co-op, gardeners donate a portion of their home garden's harvest to ACCESS and partner agencies to help feed the hungry.

This year's garden harvest from the community represents a 25 percent increase, or about 20,000 pounds of food, from last year, said Philip Yates, ACCESS Inc. nutrition programs director.

ACCESS works through a network of more than 20 food pantries and supplies food to more than 20 agency programs serving low-income individuals.

ACCESS Food Share provides food for more than 3,200 families a month.

— Staff reports

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