Join the Food Project

There are a lot of wonderful people in our town doing many incredible things. We live in an active and generous town. Unfortunately, not all of us are in the same financial state.

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank helps those in need of something to eat. As many as 50 local families receive assistance from the food bank each day, allowing them to put something into their stomachs. They can shop at the food bank once a month, much like shopping in a regular grocery store if they have proof of residence. 25 percent of those individuals are children under the age of 18.

The food bank obtains food from several sources. One of the sources most depended upon is the Ashland Food Project, which supplies between 25,000 and 30,000 pounds of food every other month. The AFP relies on nearly 2,600 residents simply setting an AFP green bag of whatever food items they can on their front steps once, every other month, for a designated neighbor to pick up and deliver to the food bank. A remarkable number of caring fellow citizens.

But even that is not enough to prevent the shelves at the food bank from becoming nearly bare between deliveries. Every year the rolls of donors shrink by 300-400 people. To replace those, we canvass the city and set up tables around town to find other generous donors.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, to increase the number of contributors, we are joining with the other food projects in the county to canvass the entire Rogue Valley. We need people to assist with that effort. If you would like to help, please join us at the Presbyterian church around 9:30 Saturday for coffee and donuts and a kit to canvass an Ashland neighborhood for only one hour. I guarantee you will feel really good for having done it.

If you would like to become an Ashland Food Project donor, you can join at any time at ashlandfoodproject.com or call 541-821-8776.

Thanks in advance.

Brad Galusha and the Ashland Food Steering Committee