Who Gets the Food?
One question that kept surfacing as the Medford Food Project was being planned this year, was: “Where does the food go? Which food banks should get it?” In Ashland and Talent there are only one or two food banks, so it’s no problem. But in the Medford area, there are more than 20. How could the MFP decide which food banks should receive the food they collected?
Fortunately, the nutrition director of ACCESS, Philip Yates, was a charter member of the MFP. He came up with a creative solution: Divide the Medford Food Project into two groups — the food collectors and the food distributors. The food collectors would concentrate on organizing neighborhoods to pick up food, and the distributors — ie, the food pantries — would decide how to divide it up. Surprisingly, the food distributors had never collaborated on a project like this before.
We brought a group of local food pantries together, representing a variety of organizations in the area. Eventually they decided, in the spirit of true collaboration, that every pantry— regardless of its size — gets an equal share of the food.
Here are the 15 Medford food Pantries that receive food from the MFP:
• God’s Food Pantry
• The Medford Gospel Mission
• Kids Unlimited
• The Maslow Project
• The NW Seasonal Workers Assn.
• St Mark’s Episcopal Church pantry
• The First Methodist Church food pantry
• The First Presbyterian Church food pantry
• The Westminster Presbyterian Church food pantry
• The West Medford Food Pantry
• The Salvation Army
• The St. Vincent De Paul Society
• The Teresa McCormick Center food pantry
• The First Christian Church food pantry
• The Gleaners
Next Pickup Day: Saturday, Feb. 11
Most Needed Items:
- Hearty Soups
- Canned Meat
- Canned Fruit
- Cooking Oil
- Canned Tuna
- Canned Beans
- Dried Beans
- Pinto Beans
- Canned Corn
- Brown Rice
- Long Grain White Rice
- Plain Stewed Tomatoes
- Fruit Cocktail
- Side Dishes
- Soy Milk
- Canned Milk
- Texturized Vegetable Protein
- Side Dishes (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, etc.)
The Medford Food Project has very low overhead. We are a volunteer-run organization, but we need funds for purchasing green bags, "thank you" and "sorry" cards, and information for signing up new donors.
Please help us with a tax-deductible donation. You'll receive a receipt for your taxes. Thank you!