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Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« on: January 13, 2012, 08:29:17 AM »
Ok I've got the people and the means..but seem to be touched in the head when it comes to Google and can't for the life of me find the site that mentioned how to register your group, as most.stores.aren't allowed to give and most food banks aren't allowed to accept without certification..I know a few of you are savvy to the inner workings of Gleaners groups..Me and my mother are ready to hit the ground running so any help would be beyond appreciated!

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Re: Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 02:35:40 PM »
Not a peep eh??

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Re: Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 06:51:33 PM »
Not a peep eh??



Hang in there. Give everyone a chance to get around to seeing the topic.

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Re: Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 06:55:26 PM »
Some people have jobs that do not allow them to serf the net during the day. Someone may peep soon.

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Re: Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 07:03:21 PM »
I am in the middle of teaching someone how to can and making dinner, but I will help you out in a couple hours.

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Re: Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 10:16:06 PM »
I'll be interested in this, too... Thanks, Cedar.

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Re: Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2012, 11:34:21 PM »
I am in the middle of teaching someone how to can and making dinner, but I will help you out in a couple hours.

Cedar
   ;D thanks much...


Hang in there. Give everyone a chance to get around to seeing the topic.

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Oh my gosh peeps make me hurl haha!

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Re: Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2012, 01:40:03 AM »
   ;D thanks much...Oh my gosh peeps make me hurl haha!

they are much better roasted over a campfire.

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Re: Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2012, 08:02:10 AM »
they are much better roasted over a campfire.

I LOVE peeps, I Have GOT to try this some day.

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Re: Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2012, 10:35:07 AM »
Sorry about the longer delay than anticipated, applesauce got done, got hungry, made dinner and then we got into my seed bag and I have to say I got tunnel vision after that and forgot about you. Takes 5 hours to go through it and I think we got to sleep at 2 am.

OK.. talk to the state food bank or the universities. Often most state universities are tied into gleaners and food banks somehow. You have to get a non-profit RS designation conferred under United States Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c), and you need to have a president, tres, ect. And board members. As far as I can tell there is NO national organizaton for gleaners. They are more local at the county and state levels. You will be better off finding ANY gleaner in your closest county and talk to them. Some will be helpful and some will be snarky. Find a nice one and try to stay away from the ones which are church based, as frankly they get territorial and snarky.

As soon as you have your 501(c) start taking to farmers, restraunts and grcoery stores. Educate them on what gleaners is (I have a half dozen posts on here somewhere which tells what a gleaners is). Tell them how it helps them and the community at the same time. They actually can get a tax credit for donating. Talk to local farmers about crops which cannot be brought in by mechanical means and if they are going to go to waste, then volunteers can pick them and it is not a loss, and he can take a percentage of it off his taxes. Also talk to farmers about going in after the main crops have been harvested. Many crops are not bothered with going after the main crop.. and there are many crops which have lighter or smaller second crops.

Grocery stores get stuck with short dated products. Remember that SELL BY date is not the THIS-IS-POISONOUS-BY date. And in most instances the SELL BY date or the PULL BY date is not the date it needs to be tossed out either. Cheeses are good for 1-4 months after the 'PULL BY' and yogurt at least a month.

At my main gleaners (I belong to 2), they have 2 HUGE walk in freezers and a large walk in cooler. We also have a kitchen. It started on someones back porch about 25 years ago, but now we are in a large buiding. I also belong to a field glean only group which runs from July to October. We only meet when the crops are ready. My main gleaners we meet once a week.

My main one has dues as it is more like a co-op. Both have field picks and half of that which you pick goes to the food bank and the other half home with me.

Hope that helps,

Cedar

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Re: Certifying a Gleaners Group?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2012, 05:34:14 PM »
That was a huge help thank you!