EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 5-10-2021
GLEANER GARAGE SALE
The sale is this weekend, Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, from 8 am to 4 pm. Early morning help for setup is particularly needed. Sign up to help on this spreadsheet. Feel free to sign up for more than one spot:
Thanks to everyone who has already signed up!
You can drop off contributions through Wednesday, May 12:
If you’re on Facebook, invite your friends!
GLEAN HELP NEEDED
Be sure to watch the Facebook group and email list for scheduled gleans.
If you’re interested in being a glean leader, please contact Brandy Collier at [email protected].
We can also use more Glean Schedulers/Coordinators, who call to schedule gleans, collect needed information, update spreadsheets as needed,
Ideal candidates will be outgoing, friendly, personable, have a fairly open and flexible schedule, be well-organized, have internet and telephone access, professional attitude, ability to operate with transparency. They will be proficient at online databases and have the appropriate technology to be able to quickly and easily perform these tasks with a high degree of accuracy.
Longtime gleaner Billy Roeske has passed away from COVID at 49 years old. He was a member from 2014 and remained with the group, following our adventures and sending words of encouragement and support long after he and his family moved away.
Donations and support may be sent to his oldest son to help support his family at:
If you knew Billy or know the Roeske family, please share your favorite memories here:
AT THE DROP SITES
IMPORTANT: 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.
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.
Organic salad greens from Friday’s glean are available at 1070 Linda Lane.
Peeled oranges were dropped off at 1242 Garfield and 2445 Laralee last week, thanks to Joy and Maureen!
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 from My Mother’s Kitchen are in the fridge (one bag per family), along with deli items. Check the cooler for gluten-free treats from Elegant Elephant.
Also check the shelves for assorted grains and beans. There’s still a lot of long-grain white rice as well as pinto beans, black beans, wheat berries and more (thanks to Ly Le and Barbara DiJeannine for keeping the grain shelves stocked!).
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!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Acorn Community Cafe at 769 Monroe St. in Eugene offers a free pantry (no income restrictions), a full vegan restaurant menu, a pay-it-forward board where you can choose a free meal, and a daily free meal special. Open 10-5 Wed-Sun.
Kayty Nesbit hosts a free plant trade off her porch at 778 Polk St 9purple house). Feel free to take anything on the stairs!
Tips for using parts of fruits and veggies that you usually toss:
Watch for jumping worms!
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:z
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.