2020-10-05 EAG Newsletter

By Sara Ferris:




 Everyone is expected to wear a mask or face shield when participating in gleaner activities, including:

  • Gleaning
  • Visiting drop sites
  • Visiting the library
  • Picking up donations


Be sure to wear your mask correctly, covering both your nose and mouth. 


Here’s a video from Board President Brandy Collier that explains why we all need to follow the state mandate regarding masks: 





Dairy box delivery will now take place on Thursday afternoons as long as we are able to get them from Food for Lane County. This past week more eggs were available, too.


Watch the Facebook group and email list for delivery notifications. In addition to 1242 Garfield (Eugene) and 2445 Laralee (Springfield), there will be pickup locations in Creswell, Veneta, and South Eugene (NOT the regular South Eugene drop site, so watch the notification for the address).


Helen Gouche has volunteered to call or text anyone who wants to be notified directly when the boxes reach the drop sites. Her number is 503.729.4013. Text or leave a message that includes your name and the drop site where you will pick up.




NOTE: Masks or face shields are required during gleans. Please do not sign up if you are not willing or able to wear a face covering. 


Friday, October 9: Organic produce in Walterville 


Be sure to watch the Facebook group or the email list for new gleans.


Many of our past grape donors did not have good years, so gleaning opportunities may be limited this year. Some may be coming up this week, so be sure to sign up right away if you want grapes. 


New glean leaders are always welcome! Contact Susan Chapen at eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com or message her on Facebook to get trained!



We’re down to the last open slot for volunteers to deliver from Bread Stop to the Springfield drop site—the fourth Wednesday of the month. You would pick up items on Wednesday at 2:15 pm at 197 Wallis St C in Eugene and deliver to 2445 Laralee St. in Springfield. More details in the EAG Drop-Site Host and Transport Group:






NOTE: Wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer provided when visiting a drop site. Also be sure to note what you take on the sign-out sheet.

If you leave something at a drop site, be sure to notify the host and post to the Facebook group and email list so people know to come get it. 


Springfield: 2445 Laralee St. (open during daylight hours)

Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.

South Eugene: 2830 Potter

Sites are well stocked with baked goods, and be sure to check in the fridge for milk and eggs.




The following are still pending. Follow the posts below or watch for updates on Facebook or email:



If you can’t wait for a vanilla bean buy, Susan Chapen recommends the Vanilla Bean Co-op,  a private Facebook group you can join here:




The Coop is currently running a Madagascar Grade A vanilla bean buy—beans are 13 cm long and cost $10/ounce. Shipping on orders that weigh less than 15 ounces is $4. The co-op uses a form similar to those for our group buys, and three different electronic payment options are available.



Bottle returns. Bottle Drop blue bags are now available at the Garfield (1242 Garfield St.) and Springfield (2445 Laralee St.). Please take one bag per family at a time. When the bag is full, return it to one of the Bottle Drop redemption centers (Eugene: 2105 West Broadway, 

Springfield: 2289 Olympic St.) and  the Eugene Area Gleaners will be credited. Both centers are open from 8 to 6 daily. 


Bumper stickers. Rose Jacobs has donated 1,000 2” x 6” gleaner bumper stickers to help raise funds to build a gleaner barn at 1070 Linda Lane. Stickers are $1.50 each, including the cost of a stamp to mail it to you. Buy your stickers here:




You can also donate stickers to folks who can’t afford one. Just mark in the comments field that your purchase is a donation. To request a sticker, use the link below:



Cookbook. Rose Jacobs is also working on a cookbook as a fundraiser for the group. Submit your favorite fall recipes here:




OSU Agricultural Extension is coordinating a statewide hay donation and distribution program for those in need over the next three months. Three regional locations (Aurora, Roseburg, and Central Point) have been set up for receiving hay donations and for distribution. 


If you lost hay, pasture, and/or storage facilities in the wildfires or are feeding displaced animals that don’t belong to you, fill out below to help the program determine your hay needs and assist with logistics: