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By Gini Davis
Community Editor 

Declaring 'Independence from Hunger'

Grocery Outlet drive benefits Grove, Creswell


August 22, 2019

Photo Provided/Rose Sleanbeck

Cottage Grove Grocery Outlet's expanded food drive benefits Cottage Grove's Community Sharing Program and the Creswell Food Pantry. From left: co-owners Kori and Ed Sowa, Bob Boettcher, Winnie Balaty, Kurt Blachnik, Phyllis Smith (background), Jeanne Barclay, Judy Surface and Susan Blachnik.

There's nothing like a little neighborly cooperation.

For the past six years, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, at 200 S. Gateway Boulevard in Cottage Grove, has held an Independence from Hunger food drive benefiting Cottage Grove's Community Sharing Program. This year, however, store owners Ed and Kori Sowa decided to grow the drive and include Creswell Food Pantry.

"They recognize that their store serves both communities," said Pantry manager Susan Blachnik, expressing gratitude for the Sowas' willingness to expand their event – and their workload – to embrace their smaller sister city t...

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