EAG Newsletter 5-31-2021

EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 5-31-2021

 

MASK POLICY: Please continue to wear masks when you visit drop sites, pick up donations, and participate in gleans. 

 

CRUMBL FUNDRAISER

Now through June 7 you can order gift cards for a 4-pack of gourmet cookies for $14.00.

10% of proceeds will go to Eugene Area Gleaners. Shipping available for $2 per order.

Order here:

https://forms.gle/NnHA4WLrkq5jXmvy9

 

Here’s a post you can share on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/EugeneAreaGleaners/posts/4028385930531064

 

Or download and share the flyer:

Details on the prizes you can win for selling up a storm:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2860290850891176

 

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Watch your email for a message asking you to update your membership information. Reply back to eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com with any missing information or to confirm that everything is correct and up to date. Please respond by July 1. 

 

If you haven’t received an email by now, please check your spam folder. If it’s not there, please send your current email address to  eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com

 

We need income information to fulfill Food for Lane County requirements and to apply for grants. We do everything possible to keep this information private. Annual income options are:

  • Decline to answer.
  • Less than $10,000 annual
  • $10,000 to $20,000
  • $20,000 to $34,999
  • $35,000 to $49,999
  • $50,000 to $74,999
  • $75,000 to $99,999
  • Over $100,000

Our goal is to have all of the form fields filled out, even if it’s a “Decline to answer.”

Thanks to Rhonda Huber-Scott for volunteering to help with Gleaner Spreadsheet Maintenance. She’ll be going through standardizing fields, capitalizing names, splitting names out into first/last, contacting people for missing information, and more.

 

 

 

DROP SITE VOLUNTEERS

There’s a new signup system for volunteers who transport donations and clean the drop sites. Sign up at the link below. Once you’re approved, you can view the different opportunities available. We currently have good coverage for transport, but new opportunities will open up as more drop sites get up and running. And there’s always a need for substitutes!

https://timecounts.org/eugene-area-gleaners

 

Also consider joining the Facebook Drop Site Hosts and Transporters Group to keep current on unscheduled transport needs such as Food for Lane County box pickup.

EAG Drop Site Hosts & Transporters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagdropsite/

 

 

GLEANS

As more gleans start appearing on the calendar, please participate as you are able. If you don’t want or need what is gleaned, you can donate it to the group. 

Monday, May 30: Greens and more in Walterville (Organic Redneck)

Tuesday, June 1: Fava beans in the River Road area

Friday, June 4: Greens and more in Walterville (Organic Redneck)

 

Be sure to watch the Facebook group and email list for other gleans. 

If you’re interested in being a glean leader, please contact Brandy Collier at eugeneareagleaners@gmail.com

 

 

NEW SPRINGFIELD DROP SITE: 845 25TH PLACE

Geraldine Sundstrom, our drop site coordinator, is working hard to get some new sites up and running, focusing on one at a time. 845 35th Place now has a cabinet in place for bread, and vegetables and grains are also available. Still to come: shelves, fridge, and rain cover. Park on the street. Cabinet is on the right side of the house. 

 

 

AT THE DROP SITES

IMPORTANT: Please continue to wear your mask while at a site and use the hand sanitizer provided. 

 

UPDATED SIGNOUT SYSTEM

Each site has a new signout form labeled OUT (check at the top of the sheet). Just put a tally mark next to the appropriate category for each item you take. You do not need to put your name, date, or details about what you took. There is also a form for IN, where you tally what you’ve delivered. Please make sure you are on the correct month. This will save on paper and allow for easier tracking!

 

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.

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:

 

NEW! Springfield: 845 25th Place

Bread and grains, beans, and dry goods on the right side of the house. Park on the street. 

 

NEW! Thurston (Springfield): 5972 Mt. Vernon

Open 9 am to 8 pm daily. It is at the end of a long shared driveway. Park on the street facing down hill or park on the left side of the driveway. Be careful not to block the neighbors. You can block the host. 

 

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: 93963 Pitney Lane

Bread and other items are on the back porch in the two cupboards and the refrigerator. There’s currently a variety of bread, rice, beans, stash tea, and items from the FFLC food boxes. 

 

Delivered this past week:

Thanks to everyone who transported Food for Lane County boxes on Thursday! Check the fridge and freezer for remaining box items. Organic Redneck gleans took place Friday and today, so watch for assorted greens, turnips, onions, and more. 

 

Drop sites also have sliced loaves, 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 at Garfield (one bag per family), along with deli items. 

 

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 or deliver directly to a nearby Bottle Drop. 

Thank you to the Drop Site Clean Team for keeping everything clean and organized!

 

 

HELP WANTED

The secretary position on the board of directors is open. The secretary schedules board meetings, compiles agendas, takes notes, maintains group records and documents, files paperwork, and performs other secretarial duties. Full job description is here:

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2859757407611187/

 

Want to help streamline our membership systems, create a new member orientation/training module, clean up the membership list, help each member find a volunteer role, and more? First meeting is June 3 at 7:30 pm on Zoom. Contact Misha Fuller via links below for an invitation:

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2863892290531032

 

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The Neighborhood Assembly of God Garden on Irving still has lots of plant starts available. The garden at 815 Irving Road is open Monday through Friday 11-4 and Saturday 10-4. Check this post for a list of what they grow: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2864526487134279

 

Stevie Miller has beef boxes available, as well as 90/10 hamburger ($3/pound). 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2858393537747574/

 

 

ONGOING DROP SITE NEEDS 

Keep an eye out for a used shed/ cabinet for the new drop site in Springfield. This or something similar is what we are looking for—https://www.homedepot.com/…/Rubbermaid-Big…/204721844  Send leads to geraldinesundstrom@gmail.com or pm (may take longer for response):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2860220414231553/

 

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:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/permalink/2830380107215584/

 

FANTASTIC FUNDRAISING!

Final tally for the garage sale was $1,570.24! Thanks so much to everyone who helped make that happen. Funds will go toward building new drop sites and getting equipment for glean leaders.

 

Eugene Area Gleaners received our first distribution from Bottle Drop Fundraising.  Since October 2020, gleaners have returned 89 bags of bottles to raise $687! After Bottle Drop setup fees and bag purchases, we are averaging $7 a bag in EAG donations!

Remember you can get your bags at any of the larger drop sites.  Just fill your bags and take to Bottle Drop in either Eugene or Springfield!

 

 

ONGOING FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

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 

https://www.fredmeyer.com/i/community/community-rewards

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:

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-2956914

 

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

https://eugeneareagleaners.com/product/eag-bumper-sticker/

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):

https://forms.gle/ufARZrwjbzfs6okx7

 

 

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.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eagmeat