EUGENE AREA GLEANERS NEWS 6-28-2021
MASK POLICY: Please continue to wear masks when you visit drop sites, pick up donations, and participate in gleans. The mask policy remains in effect for many reasons:
- Many donors and site hosts have requested that we wear masks and gloves.
- Vulnerable and immuno-compromised people will feel more comfortable participating.
- Checking vaccine status would be an additional task for glean leaders.
Reminder to glean leaders: Please be sure to note the glean date on the tax receipt—some don’t have a line for that so you’ll need to write it in.
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.
Monday, June 28: Greens and more in Walterville (Organic Redneck)
Tuesday, June 29: Cherries in Veneta
Wednesday, June 30: Blueberries off Clear Lake Road
Thursday, July 1: Blueberries off Clear Lake Road
Thursday, July 1: Raspberries in Elmira
Monday, July 2: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the schedule for the next two weeks while Geraldine is on vacation. Please check to make sure you can complete your commitments or help with open shifts (highlighted).
- Garfield transfer transporter (from River Rd) on Wednesdays at or after 3pm.
- Anonymous donor transport on Friday, July 2, and Monday, July 5.
There’s no availability date yet, but with the heat they will likely be early. Pricing won’t be set until they see how the crop is. Last year’s price was $.50/pound for members to help cover the cost and gas. Once peaches are ready, we’ll probably have a week or less to get them. The following help will be needed:
- Someone with a truck and a hitch who can drive down to Harry and David’s in Medford at 3 a.m. on whatever Thursday or Friday we are given. We overestimate it as a 5-hour drive each way due to possible construction/wildfires, plus 2 hours packing peaches.
- Someone to host pickup and remain available for late pickups.
- Someone to host boxes prior to peach pickup, preferably someone with a covered carport in case by some miracle we get some rain. This person needs to keep track of who drops off how many boxes to make sure everyone who commits to bringing a box follows through with the RIGHT type of box. Look forward to 100-150 banana/apple/orange/peach boxes.
- People to make the trip to pack and lift the peaches. Figure from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m. or later on whatever Thursday or Friday Steve gives us, with a week or less notice.
- Places to can the peaches (preferably locations with air conditioning). Please ask your churches or granges if we can schedule a canning party.
Post questions on this Facebook post:
Comment on the thread below if you’d be interested in joining a tuna buy in August (whenever tuna season starts). Last year, tuna was $3.50 a pound plus $4 a fish to fillet.
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:
Eugene: 1235 River Road, 8 am to 8 pm
Park on Sandra Lane next to the fence posted with gleaner signs (don’t block the driveway).
Please do not knock on the door as hosts may have Airbnb guests on occasion.
Video tour: https://youtu.be/c52qvH9fkLc
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 tour: https://youtu.be/SDfXdU3RvCA
South Eugene: 2830 Potter
Look in the little cabinet by the front door. Video tour: https://youtu.be/vW81TJMcyjs
Springfield: 2445 Laralee St., 7 am to 9 pm
Shelves and refrigerator are to the left of the garage. Video tour: https://youtu.be/iKMg0CuNnQE
Springfield: 845 25th Place
Bread and grains, beans, and dry goods on the right side of the house. Park on the street.
Video tour: https://youtu.be/H62bApo9OzQ
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. Video tour:
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 kale, basil, broccoli, broccolini, and cauliflower.
Sliced loaves, English muffins, and buns thanks to regular donors Bread Stop, Orowheat, Winco, and Lox, Stocks, and Bagels. Also Elegant Elephant gluten-free goodies and sweet bread ends from My Mother’s Kitchen.
Assorted snacks and deli items from anonymous donors.
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!
SPICE OF THE WEEK
The Spice of the Week for Saturday, July 3, is Taco Seasoning! Look for it in the 1242 Garfield Bread Barn. Cost is on 0.26/pound in the Winco bulk bins.
GLEANER YARD SIGNS
Fresh Food Connect has printed and sent us yard signs with our logo printed on them—100 for $50! We have to buy the metal H-frames that go with them before we can distribute them. Anyone who can help source H-frames can email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any missing information or to confirm that everything is correct and up to date.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Frozen cooked shrimp recall: https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugeneareagleaners/posts/2883348115252116/
Deadlines for Lane County Fair entries:
This recipe can help if you have extra canned pie filling to use up:
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.
ONGOING FUNDRAISING EFFORTS
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:
Gleaner stickers. 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):
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.
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