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OSF food drive nets nearly 1,100 pounds

 Posted: 2:00 AM November 20, 2012

An Oregon Shakespeare Festival food drive has netted 1,098 pounds of food plus $1,854, according to the Medford-based social services organization ACCESS Inc.

OSF took in 174 pounds of food and $721 from donors who came to watch its free Green Show in September.

Then in October and early November, OSF invited people who purchased discounted $10 "rush" tickets one hour before plays to donate food.

For those two months, theatergoers donated 924 pounds of food and $1,133 when they bought rush tickets.

OSF's 2012 season ended in early November.

People who went to the OSF Box Office to buy rush tickets but didn't have food items would often write checks, said OSF Marketing Manager Bob Hackett.

"In every way, people were finding ways to give," he said.

ACCESS is able to buy five pounds of food for every dollar donated. The food and monetary donations equaled enough to provide a week's worth of food to 170 families, according to ACCESS.

Hackett said ACCESS, theater-goers and OSF employees — especially those in the Box Office — did a great job teaming up on the effort.

He said OSF has worked with ACCESS on projects in the past and is sure to do so again.

"The amount of food and funds raised will help provide over 6,000 meals at a time when need is increasing," said Philip Yates, director of the ACCESS Nutrition Program. "With the help of OSF, we will be able to ensure families have enough to eat during this holiday time."

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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