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We organize volunteers to harvest food from fields and gardens that would otherwise be wasted, and deliver fresh, nutritious produce to local safe shelters, soup kitchens and food banks.
We are currently building our roster of volunteers, property owners and farmers. Our goal is to harvest 10,000 pounds of food in 2016 and over 30,000 pounds of food in 2017.
The poverty rate in Lewis County is over 17%, according to the 2014 U.S. Census, which means that 1 in 6 people in the county, including children, are food-insecure on a daily basis. Lewis County Gospel Mission in Chehalis serves around 3,000 meals per month, and Hub City Mission in Centralia serves 200 meals per month. There are also several other charitable entities serving hot dinners in the community, as well as food banks that need fresh food.
Glean Me Lewis County is sponsored under the 501(c) umbrella of Cooking Up Faith Farms (forms attached below). However, Glean Me runs as a completely autonomous program, with its own website, accounting, and marketing.
We will also be teaming up with Cooking Up Faith Farms (which donates all of the food it produces to hunger missions) to conduct cooking classes for indigent and low-income families. Our blog features cooking how-to tips, recipes, food prep guidance and ideas for using gleaned food.
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