By Sara Ferris
EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 3-1-2021
TRANSPORT HELP NEEDED
We are looking for more transport help, both for regularly scheduled and on-call pickups and delivery to the drop sites. Join the Drop Site Facebook group for more details. https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagdropsite/?ref=share
And here’s a link to the Transporter job description:
ATTENTION GLEAN LEADERS
Please be sure to add the glean date to your receipts. New receipts have a space for the date, but if you have old ones, write the date across the top or in the comments.
AT THE DROP SITES
IMPORTANT: For our tax records, please make sure you are signing out what you take! And please be specific—write 2 sliced, 1 buns, 1 bag bagels, etc., rather than just “bread.”
Garfield bread barn will be locked between 8 pm and 8 am daily.
Please wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer provided when visiting a drop site. Take only what you need, and only one sweet item per family. Also be sure to note what you take (be specific) on the sign-out sheet.
Check to make sure the refrigerator/freezer and the bread shed doors are closed securely.
Also please return grain jars and lids to the drop sites when empty so they can be refilled.
NEW! Junction City: 93953 Pitney Lane
Springfield: 2445 Laralee St.
Eugene: 1242 Garfield St.
South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Thanks to a new vendor who last week donated packaged cookies, crackers, chips, and small items like candy and protein bars. For now, each family can take up to three items (and please take only one of the larger items).
Groundworks Organic veggies this week include radishes, daikon, savoy cabbage, and lots of greens. Please wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer before touching the produce.
Drop sites also have sliced loaves, sweets, hot dog buns, bagels, cinnamon bread, and English muffins from regular donors Orowheat, Bread Stop, Winco, and Lox, Stock, and Bagels. Also watch for sweet bread ends from My Mother’s Kitchen.
1242 Garfield: Breads, grains, beans, crackers, and baby food are in the barn. Sweets will now be located in the carport.
The fridge has greens, milk, and some prepared food from a grocery deli. Bananas are in the freezer. Bins are overflowing with produce.
Signout sheet is in the shed on the second shelf at eye level. Please sign out what you take from the shed, fridge, and carport area. Masks are available at the barn if you forget yours.
2445 Laralee: Shelves and refrigerator are to the left of the garage. Check the fridge for bananas, milk, and other perishables (please be sure to close the door so they don’t thaw).
2830 Potter: Look in the little cabinet by the front door.
93953 Pitney Lane: Bread is on the back porch on metal shelves, along with veggies as available.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Thanks to Shelli Preuss for delivering around 400 pounds of Red Delicious apples from Klamath Falls, and also to everyone who helped distribute them!
Stevie Miller has free range, grain fed, hormone free hamburger available and expects to have some for a while. Hamburger is 90/10 and comes in 1- or 2-pound packages ($3/pound). Also available:
Tenderloin and stew meat $4/pound
Soup bones/dog bones/meaty neck bones $1 a pound
Pork roasts $3.75 a pound
On March 3 from 10-11 am, Food for Lane County will offer an online class with tips and materials to maximize the use of a food box and stretch a limited budget. Register here:
Bobbi Kent Shurtiff has offered free Medicare reviews to seniors to see if you qualify for federal and state medical benefits.
If you are looking for specific seeds, the Eugene Public Library has started a seed library. They package orders in individual envelopes and distribute through the holds system. Because seeds are all donated, you don’t need a library card. Current inventory and order form are available here, along with information on how to save seeds:
WHAT’S GOING IN THE GROUND NOW?
Peas can be directed seeded this week.
Now is also a good time to start peppers and eggplants inside. Kale, chard, lettuce, spinach and other cold weather veggies can be planted inside this week if you haven’t done so already. I will be direct seeding snow and snap peas outside this week.
Onions and garlic can start outside in the next week or two if the soil is dry enough. You can also plant early cool-season crops like carrots, beets, broccoli, leeks, parsley, chives, rhubarb, peas and radishes.
HELP A GLEANER
Eva Bolin, who is very active in the group and often steps up when no one else is able, recently had surgery and would greatly benefit from having some meals delivered to her for the next couple of weeks while she heals! If you would like to help out, but cooking just is NOT your jam, this website also takes financial donations she can use to have restaurants deliver her meals as well!!
If money is tight and you still want to help out, check this Facebook post:
ONGOING DROP SITE NEEDS
Paper lunch bags needed to package bagels for Lox, Stock, and Bagels. If you can help, please leave your package at 1242 Garfield and note that in the comments on this post:
All food items must be 6 inches or more off the ground, so we are looking for 1 x 6 boards to create a platform for the veggie bins at the drop sites. If you can help out, comment here or email Marie Summers email@example.com.
BottleDrop Blue Bags. Blue Bags are available at the Springfield and Eugene drop sites: 2445 Laralee and 1242 Garfield. When you’ve filled it with returnable bottles and cans, bring it back to the drop site. You can also donate money to the Gleaners from a regular green bag account.
Amazon Smile. If you use Amazon, check your settings to make sure qualifying purchases are counted toward donations to the Gleaners. In the Accounts & Lists tab on your Amazon page, select Your AmazonSmile, search for Eugene Area Gleaners, and add it as your Smile charity. Then when you shop on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com. Or use this link to automatically credit the Gleaners:
New users will need to create an account, which requires some basic information, a valid email address, and a Rewards Card.
If you don’t have a Rewards Card, you can get one at the customer service desk at any Fred Meyer. Once logged into your Fred Meyer account, search for Eugene Area Gleaners either by name or LF227 and then click Enroll.
Gleaner Stickers. Funds go toward building a gleaner barn at 1070 Linda Lane. The 2” x 6” stickers are $1.50 each, including the cost of a stamp to mail it to you. Buy your stickers here: