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Food drive held to help Cottage Grove community after storm

Days without power caused a lot of food to spoil in refrigerators, and a food drive was held at the Grocery Outlet in Cottage Grove Saturday to help restock those shelves.

Posted: Mar 9, 2019 4:01 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2019 4:20 PM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- People in Cottage Grove are coming together to help the thousands who lost power during last week's historic winter storm.

Days without power caused a lot of food to spoil in refrigerators, and a food drive was held at the Grocery Outlet in Cottage Grove Saturday to help restock those shelves.

Karen Munsell, an organizer of the drive, said she set this effort up in 48 hours with the help of the owners of the Grocery Outlet.

Shoppers had the option to buy a bag filled with soup, pasta, fruits and vegetables for less than $10.

"When the Red Cross was done here and had to leave, the call out that we're still getting is now people are desperate and need food," Munsell said.

"Everyone had to throw out a lot of food and for a lot of people, that's a lot of money," said Ed Sowa, the owner of the Grocery Outlet in Cottage Grove.

Sowa said by early afternoon Saturday about 30 bags were sold. Munsell said by late afternoon, 70 bags were sold.

They said the goal is to sell 100 bags by the end of the day and start to distribute them.

"This is definitely community forward,"Sowa said. "It's part of our culture. It's part of what we do."

"I know some of those people personally and to know that we've made just a small difference, if that's all we can do right now, it gives them hope," Munsell said.

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