On Monday, Jan. 24, the Eagle Point community started receiving nutritious food for its hungry through the ACCESS Mobile Food Distribution Program at St. John Lutheran Church, 42 Alta Vista Road. The church will host the new ACCESS mobile outreach services vehicle every Monday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Foods available include canned goods, packaged dry food, fresh fruits and vegetables in season, meats, and refrigerated and frozen foods.
Eagle Point has been without an ACCESS food pantry or delivery system for some time. ACCESS’s new mobile distribution program is the first of its kind in Jackson County.
About six volunteers will be needed each Monday to help families check in and to assist them in selection of groceries from the mobile outreach services vehicle. Volunteers will also help ACCESS staff with keeping records, set-up, clean-up and other details of the program. To date, about 30 volunteers have signed up to help and others are welcome. Volunteers may sign up for hands-on service or financial support at St. John’s Church.
The church hopes to arrange the schedule so that volunteers will need to serve on only one Monday per month or less. Volunteers may not have to serve the entire three-hour shift, but can share that time with another person. Three St. John’s volunteers will help lead the church’s efforts, including Don Laatsch with supervision, Kathryn Rhode with record keeping, and Arnie Steinbeck with information and publicity.
Eagle Point Community Bible Church and several other Eagle Point-area congregations will join St. John in providing financial support and volunteer workers.
ACCESS Inc. has been helping Jackson County residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. For more information, please contact Philip Yates, ACCESS Inc. Nutrition Program Director, at (541) 774-4320.