Volunteer recruitment is a constant effort for gleaning operations. It is important to understand the needs of your volunteers, and the best ways to retain their efforts season after season.
A few tips on marketing to attract volunteers and donors.
Networking in your community allows mutually beneficial partnerships and often increases your ability to meet client needs.
In TCFB's experience, gleaning programs don’t need many donors, but rather key donors. Maintaining good relationships with these donors is vital to for the gleaners to continue to harvest the thousands of pounds of produce from local farms each year.
TCFB houses a wide array of programs from gleaning projects to a CSA program to food drives to student internships...
Tips on starting a new gleaning program, including assessments and organization.
Thurston County Food Bank distributed thousands of plant starts during spring and early summer of 2011 as part of the Plant-A-Row Program.
Motivating community in Thurston County to pick produce before it falls and is forgotten.
The Thurston County Food Bank partners with The Kiwanis Club of Olympia to run a successful garden program that produces 40,000 lbs of food every year!
Once you have established a gleaning program and have fresh vegetables and fruits coming through your food bank doors, it is important to make sure that clients know how to prepare and cook with the produce.
Big farms funded a large portion of culled produce for Thurston County.
TCFB built up their row crop gleaning with small farmers who produce for the local farmers' market and/or CSA.
Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB) is located in Olympia, WA. Established by volunteers in 1965, TCFB has continued to grow since that time. TCFB reaches the community through a variety of services; food bank distribution, satellite location distribution, FORKids, mobile food bank sites, and summer lunch program. TCFB utilized 7800 volunteers who donated 50,379 hours this past year. Thurston County Food Bank has a large presence in the Thurston County community, serving 57,234 clients in 2014.