Since their inception in 2010, ACCESS Food Share Gardens have contributed over 370,000 pounds of organically grown produce to the ACCESS network of 50 emergency and supplemental food pantries, meal sites and other distribution sites in Jackson County of southern Oregon.
During the 2016 growing season the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance was able to donate 9,236 pounds of local produce to the regional food bank, NeighborImpact, and the 43 food pantries that they service.
Access helps low-income residents of Jackson County, Oregon break the cycle of poverty by providing education and other tools to help them become self-sustaining. Through their Food Assistance Programs, Access helps to collect and distribute needed food throughout the year to seniors, youth, and the under served.
In 2015 the Family Nurturing Center received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Schwemm Family Foundation. The grant award has helped the Center provide hands-on gardening experiences, fresh produce, and cooking skills to residents that are participating in the organization’s Farm and Food Program. This program has partnered with the On Track program to help parents work through drug and alcohol addiction issues so they can be reunited with their children.