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Local Gleaners load up groceries for firestorm evacuees

As ash rained down on Sweet Home Wednesday, Sept. 9, leaders of the Sweet Home Gleaners started wondering how to respond to the growing crisis. Sweet Home was at evacuation Level 1, and the fire seemed to be getting closer.

All the food carefully gleaned from area farms and grocery stores was now under threat from a wildfire, and of the 40 families who normally pick up boxes each week, only three had shown up. "There's probably going to be nobody picking up this week because of the fires," said Executive Director Lisa Pye.

The non-profit had an empty truck to fill with food, but no one to...