ACCESS Awarded Non-Profit Recycler of the Year.
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Medford, June 26, 2019: On Friday, June 21st, ACCESS was awarded the Non-Profit Recycler of the Year Award by the Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR). This statewide award annually recognizes the nonprofit, individual, business, higher education and public agency that demonstrates significant accomplishments in reusing, recycling, composting and waste reduction.
ACCESS’ efforts around food waste reduction and composting in its Nutrition Programs as well as its recycling efforts were cited by Rogue Disposal & Recycling in the nomination. “Rogue Disposal was honored to present ACCESS and its Fresh Alliance Program the award for Recycler of the Year Non-profit at the Association of Oregon Recyclers annual conference” says Denise Barnes, Recycling & Community Outreach Coordinator at Rogue Disposal & Recycling. “Rogue nominated ACCESS for the tireless efforts in preventing food waste in Jackson County. Not only has ACCESS prevented the waste of over 1.3 million pounds of fresh food each year, ACCESS has worked diligently to get that food to people in need. It was important to us to have this work acknowledged.” In total, through the Fresh Alliance Program and other partnerships, ACCESS diverted more than 2.2 million pounds of edible food away from landfills and distributed it to 24 food
Pam Norr, Executive Officer for ACCESS, said, “The Fresh Alliance Food Recovery Program and partnerships with the local food industry have not only prevented edible food from being wasted and significantly reduced food going into the waste stream, they have also improved the quality of food we are able to provide to those struggling with hunger in our community.”
Additionally, all six ACCESS community gardens compost. Through its Garden Shares Program, ACCESS produces more than 28,000 pounds of fresh organic vegetables for local families annually. ACCESS’ also donates all spoiled food to local pig farmers to reduce waste, keep it in the food system and out of landfills. Through its Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program, ACCESS reuses durable medical equipment that would be thrown away and loans it to those in need free of charge.
ACCESS provides food, housing, warmth and other essential services to Jackson County's low income children, families, seniors and people with disabilities.
As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, Oregon, ACCESS has been helping Jackson County residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. With a focus on education, ACCESS helps people through economic crisis by guiding them through changes in habits to help them become self-sustaining. ACCESS currently serves local residents through 15 programs designed to address problems from one-time emergencies to longer-term issues.