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Harvest Volunteers Needed!

Are you drawn to the idea of spending time on a farm, surrounded by lush nature in a peaceful setting? Do you have a curiosity about the origins of your food and a desire to connect with a community of passionate individuals committed to creating a more just food system? If so, Urban Gleaners invites you to join our farm glean team.

Farms often have some surplus or unmarketable produce that they wish to distribute to communities with limited access. However, the associated costs of labor, packaging, and transportation pose a significant financial burden. This is where gleaners come in. By venturing out to small, local farms with organic practices and harvesting or picking up excess produce, volunteer farm gleaners help bridge the gap between nutritious surplus food and underserved communities.

In 2023, Urban Gleaners successfully gathered over 3,500 pounds of produce through weekly gleaning trips to a single small farm. This healthy, fresh food was distributed to families through our network of free food markets across Multnomah and Washington counties. As the demand for food support in our communities continues to rise due to increasing living costs and reduced federal benefits, Urban Gleaners needs your help to expand this program to a broader network of farms.

If you're ready to take some direct hands-in-the-dirt action to get more free food out to the community, please sign up to be a harvest volunteer through our Mobilize page. No experience required; we will provide tools and training for all volunteers. We're currently looking for volunteers to commit to weekly or every other week harvests from June 3-August 16.

We have the following schedules available:
Every other Tuesday: https://mobilize.us/s/V74LXV
Every Thursday: https://mobilize.us/s/OR1H65
Every other Friday: https://mobilize.us/s/W1RtsT

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About URBAN GLEANERS

Location:

PO BOX 6344, PORTLAND, OR 97228, US

Mission Statement

At Urban Gleaners we collect delicious, fresh food before it can go to waste. And we get it to people who need it. Pure and simple.

Description

Urban Gleaners is a grassroots organization that partners with grocery stores, institutional cafeterias, farmers' markets and restaurants to pick up excess food before it goes to waste. We then distribute this high-quality fresh food to schools and free food markets across Multnomah and Washington counties.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Environment
Hunger
Community, Environment, Hunger

WHEN

Mon Jun 03, 2024 - Fri Aug 16, 2024

WHERE

Multiple locations Portland, OR 97206

(45.48564,-122.59463)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 16
  • 2-3 hours every week or every other week

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