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,
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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