2020-07-06 EAG Newsletter

By Sara Ferris:



In keeping with Oregon’s mask mandate, please be sure to wear a mask or face shield when visiting any gleaner drop site, and also keep 6 feet away from anyone else who may be there. Sites are furnished with hand sanitizer (thanks to Swallowtail Distillery!), and Garfield also has a hand-washing station (thanks to site host Geri Sundstrom!). 



Be sure to date your EAG tax receipts—because there’s no designated place for the date, it sometimes gets left off. Thanks!



A big donation from Elegant Elephant this past week featured a variety of gluten-free goodies: cheddar rolls, baguettes, banana bread, and more. Gluten-free items are stored in a dedicated cooler at Springfield and in the freezer at Garfield (fridge is on the patio, separate from the bread shed). 


Springfield/Gateway: 3180 Oriole St

Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.

South Eugene: 2830 Potter


The sites are also stuffed with items from regular donors Bread Stop, Muffin Mill, Winco, Orowheat, and Lox, Stock, and Bagels. 


Springfield is still in need of a temporary drop site for August. Ideally, someone can step up and host for the month (and perhaps beyond, depending on the virus situation). If not, volunteers are needed to clean, sort, and manage donations at the Gateway location. 




On July 18, Eugene Area Gleaners will host our first Annual Blood Drive at BloodWorks Northwest’s pop-up location at the Holiday Inn Express, 959 Kruse Way, Springfield (Gateway area).


Appointments are available every 15 minutes from 9 to 5. Schedule your slot at https://www.bloodworksnw.org or call 800-398-7888. 


Friends, family, and supporters are encouraged to call and schedule. Our community blood bank is down 40% due to CoronaVirus and we need to step up!  Let’s try to fill our 40 slots!! 


Juice and cookies are provided after donation, and every donor will receive a voucher for a personal pizza from Papa’s Pizza and a drink at Hop Valley Brewing. Donors will also be entered into the Pump It Up Sweepstakes for a new Peloton Bike.


Donors must be 16+ and meet eligibility requirements, which you can review here: https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Social distancing guidelines are in place as mandated by the State of Oregon, so wear a mask or other face covering.  

***No walk-ins or guests, including children (please coordinate babysitting on list, if needed).



Down payments are due for those interested in grassfed steer (no hormones or soy) from Brian the Beef Guy. He’s asking $3/lb with a $100 PER HALF deposit. You can call a half or whole, and again, only $100 PER HALF is due to Brian at this time. Contact Brandy for more information or to reserve your half at: brandyjcollins@gmail.com.





Stay tuned for details on availability of discounted ground beef. Those on the meat request form will be contacted before the greater group is notified. eat request form here:



For meat matters in general, join the EAG Butcher Block Facebook group:





Coming this week:


Monday, July 6, Organic produce in Walterville. Last Monday, the Organic Redneck gleaners picked more than 464 pounds of greens, cucumbers, zucchini, and more. 


Thursday, July 9, Transparent apples in the Veneta area. 


Those going on gleans should also bring along their own masks and gloves. Glean leaders have limited supplies available for those who forget. 




It takes everyone to keep the group going! Don’t be shy about stepping up to help out with things like membership drives, straightening up drop sites, leading gleans, and more. Here’s a list of volunteer positions to give you more ideas: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aTbX7QMWBwjwXbtEYrwnLY2BpEZTVucxQrI7nfuI_54/edit?usp=sharing


Also check out these new videos where Brandy Collier explains more about some of the positions outlined in the above document: