Gabe Gibbens is an AmeriCorps service member, serving as the Gleaning and Education Coordinator VISTA for OIC of Washington. Located in the Yakima Valley of Washington, OIC operates a food bank and distribution center, community center, rental assistance programs, GED courses, career training, and more….
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Dani Dolphin serves as the Community Food System VISTA at Blue Mountain Action Council in Walla Walla, WA. As the Food System Coordinator, Dani works closely with farmers, non-profit partners and community members in the Walla Walla Valley to combine efforts and strengthen the agricultural…
The Palouse region of eastern Washington and northern Idaho grows lentils and wheat of international demand, and is also home to countless small farms who work with local restaurants and farmers markets. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many avenues for distribution and income have disappeared or have been severely constricted.
No one prepares to be a Harvest VISTA during a pandemic. That wasn’t in the online AmeriCorps training manual. Not many people think volunteer work is going to be exciting. What an extraordinary time to be a volunteer!
Sending out thank you cards, pruning trees, and public outreach at Good Cheer Food Bank.
Harvest VISTA Benji shares his experience with developing and implementing a gleaning process event that resulted in 55 lbs of applesauce that were donated to a local food bank.