EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 4-26-2021
GLEANER GARAGE SALE
Date for the sale is Saturday, May 15. We’ll continue on Sunday the 16th if we have enough volunteers. Sign up to help on this spreadsheet. Feel free to sign up for more than one spot:
Pack a Box Contest now through May 1st!
Grab a box at any drop site and pack it full of items for the garage sale. Drop it off with your name on Brandy Collier’s porch at 4015 Langton Ave in Eugene.
Scott, owner of Lox, Stocks, and Bagels (regular donor of leftover bagels), lost his teenage son in a tragic car accident last week. Thanks to all who signed the card at 1242 Garfield and/or stopped by the shop for bagels to send love and support. There’s also a GoFundMe that is close to its goal: https://gofund.me/5c03046e
BREAD TRANSPORT UPDATE
Starting in May, Gwen Stacy is stepping down as coordinator of the bread vendor transports. She’s going back to grad school and work, plus homeschooling her kids! Marie Summers will fill in until we find a replacement.
Contact Marie through the Facebook group or [email protected] if you want to volunteer to transport donations to the drop sites. You can sign up for a scheduled pickup—when you visit a donor at a specific day and time—or be on call to help transport on short notice when needed. Current openings include:
- First and third Wednesdays, Bread Stop to 2445 Laralee (pick up at Wallis St. in Eugene)
- Fourth Saturday, Orowheat to 2445 Laralee (pick up at 4:30 pm at River Ave. Orowheat Outlet)
GLEANING HELP WANTED
With 2021 gleans already underway, we will be needing glean leaders. Watch for upcoming training opportunities. In addition, Head Glean Leader Susan Chapen is moving out of the area and leaves a big job to fill:
The board is looking at splitting out the duties to make the job more manageable, so if there is part of the job description that looks appealing (for example, training glean leaders, managing the GL library, updating spreadsheets), please contact Brandy Collier at [email protected].
Thanks to Susan, the glean leaders, and gleaners, there were 199 gleans in 2020 that rescued 40,766 pounds of food!
AT THE DROP SITES
Please wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer provided.
Take only what you need, and only one sweet item per family. Please take only what has been posted as available on Facebook or the email list.
For our tax records, please make sure you sign out what you take! And please be specific—write 2 sliced, 1 buns, 1 bag bagels, etc., rather than just “bread.”
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.
Sites are open for visits from dawn to dusk, unless noted below:
Springfield: 2445 Laralee St., 7 am to 9 pm
Shelves and refrigerator are to the left of the garage.
Eugene: 1242 Garfield St., 8 am to 8 pm (bread barn is locked after 8)
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.
South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Look in the little cabinet by the front door.
Junction City: 93953 Pitney Lane
Bread and other items are on the back porch on metal shelves, along with veggies as available.
NEW! 845 25th Place, Springfield. Currently, you can pick up grains, beans, and dry goods, including TVP, pinto beans, soy beans, white wheat, veggie stew, and beef bouillon.
Lots of leeks from Organic Redneck at 1242 Garfield. Please wear your mask and use the hand sanitizer before touching the produce.
Drop sites also have sliced loaves, sweets, buns, and bagels from regular donors Bread Stop, Orowheat, Winco, and Lox, Stocks, and Bagels. Sweet bread ends (and giant cookies) from My Mother’s Kitchen are in the fridge, along with deli items. Check the cooler for gluten-free treats from Elegant Elephant.
Bottle Drop 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.
Thank you to the Drop Site Clean Team for keeping everything clean and organized!
Tips from fellow gleaners on how to use the leeks from last week’s glean. They last a long time in the refrigerator and are easy to freeze or dehydrate for later use:
Turkish leek recipe with carrots and rice
Vegetable pancake (yachaejeon)
Potato-leek soup, vegan version:
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Rose Booble still has lots of donated 3-gallon buckets (no lids and no handles, but very sturdy). Look for them at the drop sites, or :
Help save the camas off West 11th across from Deiss Feed and Seed. You can park in the middle lane of Ed Cone Boulevard:
ONGOING DROP SITE NEEDS
Used canning lids and rings, both small and wide mouth, are needed for distribution of grains and dried foods. You can leave at the Garfield drop site, along with empty jars. Please hold off on dropping plastic containers for the grain project—there are currently plenty on hand.
Unused paper lunch bags and plastic bread bags are 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 protected].
Fred Meyer. If you have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, you can designate a percentage of every purchase you make to the Eugene Area Gleaners. Go to
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.
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:
Help raise funds and represent the gleaners with this 2” x 6” sticker! Stickers are $1.50 each, including the cost of a stamp to mail it to you. Order here:
If you would like to donate a sticker to another gleaner unable to buy one, you can do so below—write “donation” in the comment section. If you cannot afford a sticker but would like one, request one below (all donation stickers are sent out as they are provided by generous members of our community):
ABOUT THE GLEANERS
To help you find what you need, below are the various Facebook groups associated with the Eugene Area Gleaners.
Eugene Area Gleaners main group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners
Eugene Area Gleaners public page: https://www.facebook.com/EugeneAreaGleaners
EAG Board of Directors: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagbod/
EAG Drop Site Hosts & Transporters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagdropsite/
EAG Glean Leaders: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eaggls
EAG Butcher’s Block: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagmeat/
EAG BST & Traveling Boxes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugspf4free
EAG Auction Planning: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagauction
EAG Fundraising Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/163647294468495
EAG Grant Writing: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eaggrants
SPOTLIGHT ON BUTCHER’S BLOCK
The Butcher’s Block Facebook group is a resource page for members of EAG to post pictures of meat gleans and hunting expeditions, and discuss butchering processes.
We may cross-post meat deals and gleans here to reach a targeted audience, but they can still be found in the main Facebook and email groups.