Rural Organizing Project takes on food pantry status

Volunteers prepare food in ROP’s kitchen on Feb. 18. With an average of 600 families served per week, the organization is on the constant lookout for those who can volunteer time, items or skills.

As communities continue to feel the burden of the pandemic’s economic devastation, food security has risen to be a more prominent issue in many households.

In response to that demand, the Rural Organizing Project (ROP) in Cottage Grove has established another pillar of support in the community by acquiring status as an official food pantry.

“A lot of what we’ve been doing is convening people around emergency access to food during the pandemic,” said Executive Director of Rural Organizing Project Jessica Campbell.

ROP is a statewide grassroots organization which focuses on multiple rural issues through autonomous work in communities, often addressing topics related to equality and justice.

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