July 26, 2012 // Franchising.com // MEDFORD, Ore. — On Friday, August 17, The Human Bean espresso franchise is giving up to $1 off to customers bringing food donations to feed hungry individuals and families. During the 3rd Annual Human Bean Food Drive, the goal is to collect 7,500 pounds of food in Jackson County. The food drive collected 6,321 pounds in 2011, and 4,137 pounds in 2010.
The Human Bean Food Drive takes place at 49 locations in seven states, including 11 locations in Jackson County. All food donated in Jackson County goes to feed hungry individuals and families locally through the ACCESS Food Share Pantry Network of 25 food pantries.
"We are proud to work with local food banks, and encourage our customers to help others in our communities. This is an easy way for people to help out their neighbors in need,” said Jackie McGrath, The Human Bean Marketing Director. The Human Bean also participates in Coffee for a Cure each October which has raised $343,898 to help fight breast cancer.
The number of people seeking food support has increased by over seven percent from 2009-10 to 2010-11, and 33 percent of those ACCESS is helping to feed are children. In 2011, ACCESS fed thousands of hungry families across Jackson County; distributing over 44,000 food boxes and providing 2.9 million pounds of emergency food (55,000 pounds weekly).
The community is encouraged to donate nutritious foods rich in protein such as peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meat and beans. However, donations of any non-perishable food items such as rice, pasta, and cold and hot cereals are always a big help.
People can make a secure financial donation online at www.accesshelps.org. Click the "Donate Now" button, then enter "Human Bean" in the Dedication field ("on behalf of"). For each dollar donated, ACCESS can provide five meals, or approximately five pounds of food, for local residents experiencing hunger.
As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, ACCESS has been helping Jackson County residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. With a focus on education, ACCESS helps low-income families and seniors through economic crisis by guiding them through changes in habits to help them become self-sustaining. ACCESS currently serves Jackson County residents through 15 programs designed to address problems from one-time emergencies to longer-term issues. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
ACCESS Nutrition Program Director
The Human Bean Marketing Director