Five years and counting
NOAH, Grocery Outlet celebrate cooperation for helping families
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By Jud Snyder

Neighbors Organized Against Hunger, better-known as NOAH, along with Grocery Outlet supermarket, celebrated five years of working together to provide bags of food to low-income families trying to make the best of it during an economic recession.

Shoppers who visit the Commerce Boulevard market are very familiar with the big barrels NOAH has placed to accept donations at both entries to the store. 

Grocery Outlet is the only market in RP working directly with NOAH. Raley’s, Safeway, Oliver’s and others work directly with Redwood Empire Food Bank, based in Santa Rosa. It’s a purely local operation, although NOAH does rely on REFB for some foods. 

“We’ve changed our format for supplying food,” said Darlene Phillips, who has been with NOAH for almost three years. “We used to pack the bags for our clients, but now it’s more like a supermarket. We arrange the food on tables for Wednesday pickup and our customers can pack their own bags with what they prefer.”

Hours are 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Phillips, who started with NOAH at the suggestion of Carl Leivo, former RP city manager, knows how it is to feed a family. She has two adult children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

“I just enjoy so much the idea of helping people in need,” she confesses. 

“We provide food for about 200 people every week.”

NOAH’s food depot is adjacent to Cross and Crown Lutheran Church on Snyder Lane, across from Rancho Cotate High School.

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