Final 2016 Report - Community Harvest Gleaning


Gleaning for Good

The past gleaning season showed that community members can come together to fight food waste and provide farm-fresh food for their neighbors in need. Nowhere are the benefits of gleaning more obvious than at a food bank on distribution day. This is the day when volunteers coordinate the arrival and arrangement of thousands of pounds of canned and dried food, meats, frozen fruits and veggies. Families patiently line up, boxes in hand, eyeing the standard items for any fresh food that may have slipped into the day’s offerings. Community Harvest provided thirty-seven different varieties of fresh food to the food banks of Chelan and Douglas counties this summer. These foods found their way into food boxes that helped feed an estimated 35,000 people.

 


Individual Impact on a Grand Scale

For Lorena, a food bank client of Chelan County, the fresh food gleaned by Community Harvest volunteers made a huge impact the meals she made for her family. “When I don’t have something in the house I can come here and get it.” She said, thinking specifically of food items like fresh apples and lettuce. “I prepare food for a family of four. Without our food bank, we would not be able to get this fresh food.” Lorena’s story is one of thousands, and it drives home the necessity of increasing the availability of nutrient-dense, fresh food for families who cannot afford them. With your support, Community Harvest can continue to provide food banks with fresh food, gleaned in-season, for men, women, and children across Chelan and Douglas counties.

 


Building a network of donors

Three partnerships have been crucial to the success of Community Harvest’s gleaning efforts. The ongoing partnership with the Food Distribution Center operated by the Chelan/Douglas Community Action Council allowed Community Harvest to quickly distribute fresh food to area food banks with limited distribution days and schedules. Without this connection, Community Harvest would have to search for cold storage options and dedicate more staff time to transporting produce to individual food banks on their distribution days. Northwest Harvest’s participation in the final glean of the 2016 season, where 18,000 lbs. of apples were harvested, provided a similar benefit. They were able to provide picking bins and a truck to transport apples to their Yakima warehouse. From that location they were able to distribute the apples across Washington State.

Quantifying Our Impact in 2016

$ Worth of Food Donated

$81,174

 

Total Gleans & Donations

172

 

Total Pounds Gathered in 2016

45,535 lbs.


2016's Volunteers and Donations


 367

work-hours donated
 

 101

unique volunteers
 

69

farm and orchard gleans
 

103

donations from local growers
 

 

 

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