As an essential food
processing company we are open.

On Thursday, April 8, 2021 the provincial government issued a stay-at-home order for all of Ontario. 

As we are an essential food processing company, we have decided to remain open during this time. Volunteers are still welcome to come if they are willing. 

We have adjusted our protocols even further to cap off the amount of volunteers per shift at ten. All volunteers must notify the office and be scheduled if they wish to continue on their regular shift.  For other business or information please call or email rather than stopping in at this time.

We have important work to do. The demand for our product locally and internationally is at an all-time high. 

Safety of our volunteers is our top priority. We will continue to supply all volunteers with mandatory personal protective equipment and social distancing measures. Please call or email the office to let us know that you wish to continue to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, there is a few more spots left during a few of the shifts. Shifts remain Monday to Friday 8-10am and 10-12noon.

COVID-19 POLICY HERE 

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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Distribution

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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Distribution

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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Staff

COVID-19 Response

In April, our Province experienced the 2nd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders were issued as variants continued to spread. As an essential food processor, the SWO. Gleaners made the decision to stay open, but with even greater safety protocols. This required that we reduced the number of volunteers per shift to ensure physical distancing. Many dedicated volunteers have

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Staff

CTV News

General Manager, Joel Epp and volunteers were interviewed by CTV and talked about the importance of reopening and the work that they do at the WO Gleaners. View the News Clip HERE

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Staff

Gleaners Break-In!

In February, we had the misfortune of having to deal with a break and entry at our facility. Luckily, there was no major damage beyond a couple of broken windows and a big mess to clean up. No food was taken or destroyed. Approximately $5000. in theft and damages overall. We were saddened by this incident and hope the person

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Volunteers

Student Helpers

UMEI students came by and spent time working with the SWO Gleaners soup mix production. Together, the students packaged 178,800 servings of soup mix. This shipment is slated to be sent to Honduras to help the people recover from a recent hurricane. It is always great to see our local young people get involved!

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Donations

Cabbage Surprise

SWO Gleaners is a busy place and every now and then we are delighted with something different. How about a bit of cabbage? Well, that’s what we worked with this week. Our volunteers are always there to help out.

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Distribution

Loads Of Love

We were not short on volunteers which reflects the kindness of our community. In fact, there were so many helping hands that this large container was packed up and ready to roll in a mere 5 hours – which sets a new record! This container is set to arrive in Ukraine in December. Altogether we were able to send 420

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Donations

How About Those Apples!

Each year thanks to our generous suppliers we are able to make delicious apple snacks for those in need of food support. Abe from Thiessen Apple Orchards loaded us with apples and we offer our thanks to Andrew and Krissy for their donation. Apples are dried and distributed as apple snacks to people in our community and afar. Thanks also

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