Need swells; pandemic pressures food pantries

Volunteers at The Rural Organizing Project ready for the rush on Tuesday, Feb 1 at its pantry at 632 E. Main St. in Cottage Grove. ROP started its food pantry in 2019, and since then, the demand has only increased, according to Emily Roth, pantry manager. The food pantry is operative Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. DANA MERRYDAY/ THE CHRONICLE

Hunger pangs in the county are increasing as food prices skyrocket, further straining residents already financially burdened by the pandemic.

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