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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Senator Wyden Visits Philomath Gleaning Program

Sen.Wyden with Philomath HS seniorTimmy Thomas and
his mom, Trish. (Amanda Cowan/Mid-Valley Sunday)
A recent article in the Corvallis Gazette Times highlights Senator Ron Wyden's visit to the Philomath Community and the local gleaning program. 
CSC's Linn Benton Food Share thanks Senator Wyden for his kind words regarding gleaners and for his work on poverty issues.
Gleaning and Volunteer Programs Coordinator Susan James has coordinated the gleaning program for Linn Benton Food Share for the past eleven years.  "I believe it is a wonderful opportunity for low-income people to help themselves and others," James said, "Our gleaning program consists of 14 gleaning groups in Linn and Benton Counties with a membership of over 6,800 low-income members."

Every other Wednesday, over 70 gleaners spend the day at the Linn Benton Food Share warehouse repackaging over 9,000 pounds of donated bulk frozen vegetables into family size portions. The vegetables are then distributed throughout the 14 gleaning groups as well as shared with local food pantries and soup kitchens. The gleaning repacks start at 10:00 a.m. and the gleaners usually finish repacking the vegetables around 1:00 p.m. After the repack , the groups return to their distribution sites and distribute the nutritious vegetables to their members and other agencies.

Linn Benton Food Share Gleaning Repack Schedule for Fall 2012:

Wednesday, September 5th
Wednesday, September 19th
Wednesday, October 3rd
Wednesday, October 17th
Wednesday, October 31st
Wednesday, November 14th
Wednesday, November 28th
Wednesday, December 12th

For more information contact
Susan James, Gleaning and Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Linn Benton Food Share
545 SW 2nd Street, Suite A
Corvallis OR 97333

Donate to Linn Benton Food Share

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