Volunteers are essential to the success of most all gleaning projects.
Community Harvest promotes its visibility in the community by engaging in as many outreach and marketing opportunities as possible.
Establishing a large and varied donor base provides the program with a steadier stream of gleaning opportunities.
To enable greater self-sufficiency and continual access to food for clients living with limited access to food banks, Community Harvest distributes free seeds at food banks in the spring.
Working with orchardist donors can provide a continual source of gleaning opportunities.
Good record keeping is critical to long-term success of any gleaning program.
Community Harvest is a project of Upper Valley MEND (Meeting Each Need with Dignity). UV MEND is a human services non-profit committed to meeting community needs of hunger, housing, and healthcare in the Cascade School District. MEND has six main programs including the Community Cupboard, a food bank and thrift store. Community Harvest began as a program of Community Farm Connection in Wenatchee in 2011. In 2014, Community Harvest worked to expand connections in Leavenworth and the Upper Valley area, while maintaining previously established programs down valley as well.