As an essential food
processing company we are open.

October, 25, 2021
All staff, volunteers and visitors must be double vaccinated against COVID-19.

Effective Monday October 25, 2021, the SWO Gleaners will mandate that all staff, volunteers and visitors be double vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of double vaccination will have to be shown to enter the building.

With only fully vaccinated people coming into our facility, the plan is to return to an 8am-12noon shift and have a sit-down coffee break in between.  Social Distancing and other COVID protocols will continue to be in place.

The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors continues to be our first priority and so we continue to encourage all to be vaccinated. With this vaccine mandate policy in place, we will be able to increase our capacity resulting in increased production, and more people receiving our vegetable mix.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the General Manager, Joel Epp. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Southwestern Ontario Gleaners.

Joel Epp, General Manager


Loads Of Love

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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 boxes of dehydrated soup mix from Southwestern Ontario Gleaners, 30 bicycles, 22 wheelchairs, 6 hospital beds, an Arjo machine (which is a mechanical lift), 100 boxes of medical supplies as well as hundreds of boxes/bags of clothes, winter coats, boots & shoes, blankets, school supplies, toys and so much more. 

In total, we sent over 30,000 pounds in supplies! 

These items will be a HUGE blessing to Ed Dickson and all the ministries he supports in Ukraine.

We couldn’t have sent this container without all the donations to Loads of Love as well as all the volunteers who spent many, many hours sorting and preparing.

Thank you to everyone! 


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