Farewell to be bid at Walla Walla's Harvest Foods to volunteer grocery deliverers

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Thursday is a chance to bid farewell to the Senior Volunteer Supermarket Shoppers.

The volunteers who for years have delivered groceries on behalf of Walla Walla’s Harvest Foods to homebound local residents are disbanding. Thursday will be their last day. They’ll be honored with a cake and coffee event at the Southgate grocery store, 905 S. Second Ave., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“This is just a small token of appreciation to the many volunteers who over the years have made this such a successful partnership, and it will be missed dearly,” Harvest Foods owner Nolan Lockwood said in an announcement.

The service has been in place more than 30 years. It was originally started under the Retired Senior Volunteer Program through Walla Walla’s senior center, Center at the Park. When the group lost state funding several years ago, a number of members decided to continue the service without any funding.

SonBridge Community Center continues deliveries to Wheatland Village. Several options are being explored for the store and future deliveries, Lockwood said.

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