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Walla Walla Gleaning Model

15.10.2021 in General/ Logistics

Gleaning Model Walla Walla Community Harvest gleans produce from commercial farms and orchards, farmers markets and residential gardens and trees. Most of the gleaned produce is within Walla Walla, Columbia and Umatilla counties. The process of gathering information and planning is essentially the same for…

Location-Specific Donation Boxes

15.10.2021 in General/ Logistics

Take advantage of your community’s strengths!  Walla Walla and nearby College Place are both towns with strong religious communities. WWCH partnered with two religious institutions – a United Methodist church and the chaplaincy at the Seventh Day Adventist general hospital – to establish fresh produce…

Walla Walla Pre-Picked Donations

15.10.2021 in Culls/ Harvested

Culls and harvested donations made a huge impact in the amount of produce WWCH received this year.  The Harvest VISTA would first contact growers to see how much extra produce was available and arranged a pick-up or drop-off.  WWCH has access to BMAC vehicles, so…

Celebrating Food with Fun & Education

15.10.2021 in Education

Cooking Classes Contact the local university extension office or county offices to inquire on availability of any cooking classes offered. The Walla Walla County Health Department offers samples of freshly cooked meals at several food banks using affordable and easy recipes. Coordinate with the class…

Community Food Forums

15.10.2021 in Education

Community Food Forums Many food bank clients who receive gleaned produce from WWCH or other community donations may not know how to efficiently use an abundance of seasonal fresh produce before it goes bad.  During sweet onion season, for example, WWCH brings in thousands of…

A Garden Produces!

15.10.2021 in Farms/ Gardens, Plant a Row/ Starts

Plant-a-row and starts Encourage gardeners to Plant an Extra Row (PAR) for the hungry. If possible, get seeds donated attached with a note with information about donating to local food banks. Distribute them at community events, schools, churches, and businesses or fill a basket with seeds and information to…

Utilizing Farmers’ Markets in Walla Walla

12.10.2021 in Partnerships

Downtown Walla Walla Farmers Market In 2013, Walla Walla’s farmers market was split into two different markets. The two markets overlapped on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM, and while the Downtown Farmers’ Market had 26 produce vendors, the Valley Farmers Market had only 1-2 produce…

History at Blue Mountain Action Council

12.10.2021 in History

Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) has provided social services for low-income people in Walla Walla since 1966. Among many of the services BMAC provides to the community, food distribution is a large and important piece. In the past year, the BMAC Food Warehouse distributed over 1 million pounds…

Marketing at Blue Mountain Action Council

12.10.2021 in Visibility

     – Contact the local paper/news station to do an article about the gleaning program.      – Partner with other non-profits in your community on a project, e.g. Community Food Forums in the community room of a low-income housing complex.      –…

Donor Relations at Blue Mountain Action Council

12.10.2021 in Donor Relations

Donor Relations The support of a strong and well-established organization such as BMAC makes it easier for your program to approach growers and let them know where and how their excess produce will be distributed. Try to make initial contact with potential donors in the…