EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 6-14-2021
MASK POLICY: Please continue to wear masks when you visit drop sites, pick up donations, and participate in gleans.
As more gleans appear 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.
Friday, June 19: 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 [email protected].
NEW EUGENE DROP SITE!
The new River Road site (1235 River Road) officially opens today! It replaces Garfield as the main Eugene site! Park on Sandra Lane next to the fence posted with gleaner signs (don’t block the driveway).
Hours are 8 am to 8 pm. Please do not knock on the door as hosts may have Airbnb guests on occasion.
Here’s a great video introduction by Geraldine Sundstrom, drop site coordinator. She also demonstrates how the new sign-in/sign-out sheets work:
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 (for example, loaf of bread, jug of milk, bunch of lettuce or carrots,etc.). 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:
Springfield: 845 25th Place
Bread and grains, beans, and dry goods on the right side of the house. Park on the street.
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. Check out this video introduction to the new site:
Springfield: 2445 Laralee St., 7 am to 9 pm
Shelves and refrigerator are to the left of the garage. Sweet bread slices are in the cabinet closest to the fridge. Video guide to the site:
South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Look in the little cabinet by the front door.
Eugene: 1242 Garfield St., 8 am to 8 pm
Bread, vegetables, and other items are in the bread barn to the left of the driveway. The carport is no longer in use. Video guide:
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:
From gleans: Organic greens, carrots, fava beans, and more
Sliced loaves, English muffins, and bagels thanks to regular donors Bread Stop, Orowheat, Winco, and Lox, Stocks, and Bagels.
Check the shelves for assorted grains and beans (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!
Thanks to new gleaner Paul W for donating the beautiful vegetable starts earlier this month—more than 150 heirloom tomatoes, peppers, artichoke, yellow zucchini, and basil.
Lauren Appell is our Farm Database Custodian. She’ll be maintaining our list of farms and farm businesses to do outreach.
Kelley Deitemeyer is going to help as a Participation Coordinator, matching people up with volunteer jobs they would be good at to help the group out.
Bobbi Jo Brewster has rejoined the Glean Leaders. If you’d like to be a glean leader, too, watch the Facebook group or email list for upcoming trainings.
GLEANER YARD SIGNS
Fresh Food Connect will print and send us yard signs with our logo printed on them—100 for $50. We have to buy the metal H-frames that go with them. Anyone who can help source H-frames can email [email protected].
Leave a comment here if you want a sign when they are ready:
Reminder: Please update your membership information by July 1. Reply back to [email protected] with any missing information or to confirm that everything is correct and up to date.
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 [email protected].
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.
SPICE OF THE WEEK
Watch for turmeric at the drop sites next Saturday, June 19. Possible uses include:
Golden tea, which helps with inflammation: www.tasteofhome.com/article/turmeric-tea-recipe/
Honey turmeric chicken: https://rasamalaysia.com/honey-turmeric-chicken/
Greens sauteed with turmeric: https://weelicious.com/turmeric-sauteed-greens-recipe/
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:
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
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