Gleaning Programs Temporarily Paused

You can volunteer now for when we resume.

Market Gleaning

Starting Sunday, April 19, 2020 the Ballard Farmers Market re-opens as a drive through. Our Volunteer Gleaning programs remain on hold until the markets resume normal operations.

We plan to resume our Gleaning Program as soon as public health authorities give the ok. If you’d be interested in joining us, please let us know and we’ll be in touch when we get rolling again. Contact Jill today to put yourself on the list of volunteers.

Here are the details:
We collect donations of produce from the Sunday Ballard Farmers Market, which operates year-round. At the end of each Sunday’s market we collect extra produce from the vendors and deliver it to the nearby Ballard Food Bank, thus supplying hungry folks with fresh, local and generally organic produce. It’s fun and makes a tangible difference!

The commitment is from 2:45pm to 5pm on Sundays. We’d like to build our volunteer group so that everyone commits to just one Sunday a month, but we’ll work with whatever schedule works for you.

Bakery Gleaning

As of March 26, volunteers for St. Luke’s Edible Hope feeding program* will be pausing their breakfast service. Providing breakfasts in to-go containers has exhausted the very small group of dedicated volunteers. Therefore, we have to suspend our bakery gleaning operations.

The Bakery Gleaning Project collects end-of-day products from Tall Grass Bakery on Saturday and Sunday and from Besalu on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Please contact Julia if you would like to be a substitute for our committed volunteers in the future.

*Contact Camilla, lead for our Meals with Neighbors program, if you are able to help with weekday breakfasts. With enough volunteers perhaps we can get that program up and running again.