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January 25, 2022

Dear volunteers and SWO Gleaners' supporters,

The Southwestern Ontario Gleaners will re-open to volunteers on Monday, Jan. 31st. We are excited to get back at production after a 3 week shutdown.
volunteers must be at least double vaccinated from COVID-19
no formal coffee break (volunteers can bring their own snack and take break on their own)
2 shifts: 8-10am and 10-12Noon
if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, please do not come
if you have been exposed to anyone who has had these symptoms 48 hours prior to your shift, please do not come
We continue to do all we can to protect our staff, volunteers and community from spreading COVID.
We welcome past volunteers, and always have room for new volunteers! Hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

Joel Epp
General Manager

COVID-19 POLICY HERE 

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Spring 2022 News

Ukraine Response The SWO Gleaners was able to send 14 skids (over 500,000 servings) of dried soup mix to Ukraine and Poland in March. Partnering with Loads of Love Humanitarian and Aid Agency, we were able to send out product in response to the crisis in that area. We pray for a peaceful end to the war and stand by

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Distribution

Diocese of London’s Migrant Worker Program

We are happy to partner with the Diocese of London’s Migrant Worker Program to give soup mix to many of the migrant workers who have come to our area and around Southwestern Ontario. 1500 bags of soup mix will be distributed through St. Michael’s here in Leamington, and in welcome packages in surrounding counties. Thank you!

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Valued Supporters November 2021

To our valued supporters, With our deepest gratitude, we thank you for your support over the past calendar year. As 2021 quickly comes to an end, we want to acknowledge our staff, volunteers and donors who have contributed to our mission of feeding hungry people. The past two years, COVID-19 has affected everyone, including the SWO Gleaners. Despite being closed

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Distribution

2021 Food Distribution Report

Through our distribution partners, dehydrated vegetable mix and apple snacks are shipped to food agencies around the world. We are grateful that surplus produce from Southwestern Ontario can be used to aid people both locally and internationally. List of Distribution Partners, amount donated from SWO Gleaners and location of shipments: Canadian Food for Children – 882,000 servings to Central America

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Donations

24 Hour Glean-a-thon Rotary

On October 15/16, the eleven different Rotary Clubs of Windsor-Essex participated in their 3rd annual 24 Hour Gleanathon at SWO Gleaners. Each club brought volunteers for a 2-hour shift from 4 pm Friday to 4 pm Saturday. During this time Rotarians packaged 180,000 servings of vegetable mix and processed 80,000 servings of dried carrots. A raffle was held and $1270

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HL Tiessen Foundation Grant 2021

HL Tiessen Foundation Grant The SWO Gleaners was one of four local charities that recently received a grant from the HL Tiessen Foundation. The Foundation hosted a charity golf tournament earlier in the year and proceeds from that event went to the SWO Gleaners and three other local charities. We are so grateful that we are recognized as worthy recipients.

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Donations

Honey Foundation Donation

The SWO Gleaners organization was one of five organizations that recently received a grant from the Honey Family Foundation Fund. The Southwestern Ontario Gleaners was awarded $10,000 to help them support food security in Essex County. The funding will be used to purchase supplemental ingredients such as split peas, lentils, and barley. This will serve to further the nutritional value provided

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Newsletter

Summer 2021 News

Summer News This summer, the SWO Gleaners is fortunate to have four student summer job placements through Canada’s Summer Jobs Program. Having 4 extra employees for 8 weeks allows us to produce more dried food, and helps fill gaps in vacation time for staff and regular volunteers. We have a good group of guys this year. Thank you, Noah, Miguel,

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2021 Production Statistics

COVID-19 continues to slow our usual rate of production. Nonetheless, we feel fortunate that despite this, we were able to distribute over 2.8 million servings of dehydrated vegetable mix and apple snacks to local and international food aid agencies in 2020. In 2021, so far, 650,00 servings have been distributed and we expect this number will increase substantially as the

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Food to Malawi & Haiti

Through our Distribution Partners, our dehydrated vegetable mix was shipped to Malawi and Haiti. Canadian Food for Children distributes food, clothing, and other items to over 20 different countries, including Malawi. Although it is very difficult to get aid through to Haiti, after several months our food product was released to its intended destination through Enable Haiti. We are grateful

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