Harvest season is here! The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is currently in search of Food Bank Ambassadors and #GleanTeam members so we can build upon the successes of last year.
Last year, Food Bank Ambassadors were present at almost every Farmers Market. They built mutually-beneficial, positive relationships with vendors by hanging signs suggesting customers buy extra for the Food Bank, staffed a booth featuring information about the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank’s programs, connected with shoppers by passing out fliers and answering questions, and ultimately collected 14,903 pounds of fresh produce for our customers!
In 2016, the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank sent “Glean Teams” out to harvest fruit and vegetables from local orchards and gardens. Working in teams of 2-5 people, #GleanTeams rescued almost 2,000 pounds of food by bringing it to the Food Bank’s store for customers to use in their homes!
Harvest Issaquah is a community supported urban gleaning initiative which works through the following avenues:
Encouraging gardners to Grow a Row for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank,
Volunteer Food Bank Ambassador presence at the Issaquah and Sammamish Farmers Markets, where vendors and shoppers can make donations during the course of the day,
Deploying #GleanTeams for Picking Parties on private and public lands, and
Reaching out to backyard chicken farmers with extra, clean, unfertilized eggs.
With your help, we were able to collect 18,087 pounds of fresh produce in 2016!
Here’s where it came from:
Sammamish Farmers Market: 3,019 lbs.
Issaquah Farmers Market: 11,884 lbs.
Pickering Garden: 1,244 lbs.
Gleaning and other donation: 1,940 lbs.
Plus over 200 cookbooks!
“Like” the Harvest Issaquah Facebook page for regular updates!
We are so excited about the increased interest in the #GardenPartner movement!
Are you interested in starting a garden in your back yard, expanding your garden or creating a community project centered on connecting more #GardenPartners with the IFCB? Washington State University’s in-depth guide lists planting seasons, difference between store and home-grown quality, production per row and more.
If you are already planning to donate extra harvest, we have a #GardenPartner Harvest Calendar, which you can download, fill out and return to us so we can plan for Picking Parties** from June through October. If you'd like a nifty row marker like the one above, let us know and we'll be happy to make one for you!
** Space is limited, so contact Marissa Woerner at your earliest convenience to verify eligibility!
Our customers can use them! Last year, two volunteers ran a cookbook drive which resulted in over 200 cookbooks being donated for use by the IFCB’s customers. Let’s do even better this year! This is the perfect project for a family, neighborhood, or other group.
Please contact Marissa Woerner if you wish to run a cookbook drive, and she’ll do a happy dance! You can deliver cookbooks to our delivery door, Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
Whether it’s from your garden or the supermarket in an urban jungle, our customers can use your extra eggs and produce! If you find yourself having (or picking up) a little extra, feel free to drop it by our receiving door, Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm.