Sherm’s Thunderbird and Food 4 Less grocery stores will help ACCESS feed thousands of local families with one very special semi-trailer delivery. This Friday, January 25, at 11 a.m., the Olsrud family, which owns and operates the stores, will deliver around 23,000 pounds of food in a semi-trailer to the ACCESS Food Share warehouse at 3630 Aviation Way in Medford (behind Costco).
Sherm Olsrud, along with son Steve Olsrud, will oversee the delivery. The Olsruds have donated an entire trailer full of food to ACCESS every year since 2000.
The donation will help with the growing issue of hunger faced by children, families, seniors, and others here in Jackson County. In the 2012 Fiscal Year, ACCESS, the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, distributed emergency food boxes to 112,697 individuals in Jackson County, which is an 11 percent increase over the previous year. Thirty-three percent of those ACCESS is helping to feed are children.
“The Olsrud’s are wonderful partners of ACCESS and they are making a very real difference in the lives of people in need. We are grateful for the Olsrud’s generosity and know that they also help inspire others in our community to participate and help their neighbors,” said Jackie Schad, ACCESS Executive Director.
The Olsrud’s, longtime supporters of ACCESS and its food programs, were instrumental in helping build the ACCESS Community Kitchen. Family members include Sherm and Wanda Olsrud, and Steve and Linda Olsrud. The family owns and operates stores in Medford, Roseburg, and Klamath Falls.
“ACCESS is very thankful to have extraordinary people in our community, such as the Olsrud family, who genuinely care about people in need. They are helping feed thousands of hungry individuals and families right here in Jackson County,” said Philip Yates, ACCESS Nutrition Programs Director.