February 25, 2015
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Rescuing nature's bounty for the benefit of our community

Clockwise from upper left: Senior picking out oranges, Maria-Judson Terrace resident, Paul-Judson Terrace resident, Paul "shopping" at the Farmers' Market
photo credit: Jen Miller (upper left) & Carolyn Eicher (upper right and lower photos)

Spotlight: Senior Farmers' Market

Gleaned oranges find a happy home   

“I like the variety of produce offered and think the program is excellent.” ~Paul

Our GleanSLO interview this month features two residents in San Luis Obispo from Judson Terrace Homes which provides affordable housing for seniors 62 years and older. The Food Bank’s “Free Farmers’ Market Style” distribution is being held in the courtyard of Judson Terrace on a monthly basis since September of 2014.

Most seniors are living on a fixed income and find it difficult to adjust to the ever increasing cost of living. Low income seniors comprise 20% of the Food Bank’s consumers. Senior farmers’ markets will help increase access to nutritious food to keep the fastest growing demographic in our community healthy and strong.

The day of our interviews, gleaned navel oranges from a local property in Arroyo Grande were being distributed, only 4 days after the glean, along with bunches of spinach, broccoli, onions, potatoes, carrots and more. Judson Terrace residents gathered and perused the tables of assorted produce, loading bags and push carts with the fruit and vegetables of their choice.

Read Paul and Maria's full interview, by Carolyn Eicher, on our blog.

Visit the Food Bank website to find a distribution near you or to learn more about the Farmers’ Market Distributions at the Food Bank.

Wine, Waves and Beyond

Purchase your tickets now to support GleanSLO

Tickets are on sale for the 2015 Wine, Waves & Beyond event benefiting GleanSLO!  Enjoy five days of activities showcasing Central Coast wines and locally gleaned, farm-fresh cuisine, as well as great music and art celebrating the love of SLO County's surfing lifestyle and culture.
Rabobank's Barrel to Barrel event--Friday, May 1, 5-8pm
Cliffs Resort, Pismo Beach
This tasting event will feature over 40 local wineries, breweries and restaurants. Enjoy a live performance by Aloha Radio and a sunset view on the oceanfront lawn at the Cliffs Resort. Don’t miss a chance to bid on our Wine, Waves & Beyond themed auction! All proceeds support GleanSLO. Presale tickets $59.
Winemaker's Dinner: Celebrating the Harvest with GleanSLO--Saturday, May 2, 5-9pm
Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, Avila Beach
Eat, drink and celebrate the harvest with GleanSLO at the annual Winemaker's Dinner. Guests will enjoy a selection of local wines paired with gleaned produce inspired courses. Five local chefs will each prepare a dish highlighting a gleaned ingredient; where it originated and its journey from farm to plate. Cass Winery will be pouring wines with each earthy, unique course. All proceeds support GleanSLO. Tickets $85.

Take advantage of our Early Bird Special ending March 1, 2015! Use the promotional code "earlybird15" at checkout to receive 10% off select tickets.
Early Bird Special!

2014 Annual Report

Stats and stories

Our 2014 Annual Report is ready to unveil!  We are proud to share this account that represents the incredible generosity of our GleanSLO community. Take a peek!

A big thanks to Josh Ayers for volunteering his time and talent to create this document for our history book!

School Fruit Drives

Hosted in San Luis Obispo!

Have you heard about our Fruit Drives?  They are student-lead events that rescue extra fruit from neighborhood trees which is then shared at local Food Bank partner agencies.  In 2014, five elementary schools and one high school hosted Fruit Drives collecting over 3,200 lbs of fruit!
This spring we're partnering with schools involving students, parents and after-school programs to help host.  Would you like to learn how your school can be a part of our Fruit Drives?  
Contact program coordinator, Jeanine Lacore or (805) 235-1180 for more information!

(photo credit--top: Carolyn Eicher, bottom: Jen Miller)

Upcoming Gleans!

Ready to get your hands dirty?  Check out our Harvest calendar regularly to get your glean on!

We're also working with Talley Farms to schedule a HUGE Brussel sprouts glean on Saturday, March 7th in Arroyo Grande.  Keep an eye out on our calendar!

(photo credit: Jen Miller)

February Produce Donors

Cal Poly Organic Farm
Hearst Castle Grounds Crew
Ikeda Brothers
L&C Smith Groves
Maxie Peterson
The Moran Family
Pepper Creek Family Farm
SLO Farmers' Market vendors
SLO Natural Foods Co-op
Talley Farms
Templeton Farmers' Market vendors
Sally Woelper

(photo credit: Chuck Asmus @ Pepper Creek Family Farms)

GleanSLO is a program of the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County
(805) 835-3750
Copyright © 2015 GleanSLO, All rights reserved.

Mailing address:
Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, Attn: GleanSLO, P.O. Box 2070, Paso Robles, CA 93447

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