Nearly one-fifth of what is thrown away in Clallam County is food waste—much of it fresh, quality food. At a time when 16% of households in Clallam County are often unable to buy the food their family needs, we can prevent unnecessary food waste by diverting nutritious food resources to programs where they are greatly needed.
Surplus Food Donation
State and federal Good Samaritan laws protect you or your business from liability when you donate food that you believe is safe and edible. Many programs will come and pick up your surplus food for you on a regular or as needed basis. The Sequim and Port Angeles Food Banks serve as distribution hubs for many food assistance programs across the county. Contact Sequim at (360) 683-1205, or Port Angeles at 360-452-8568, another program of your choice, or the WSU Clallam County Extension Food Recovery Coordinator for information and assistance. Display this poster “Too Good To Waste” in your home or business to make it easy to donate surplus food and reduce waste today!
- Reduce garbage costs associated with throwing away edible food.
- Food donations may be tax deductible.
- Reduce you or your business’ environmental impact by keeping food out of the landfill.
- Provide fresh, nutritious foods for food access programs
Gleaning is the practice of harvesting excess produce from farms, yards and gardens. If you see an overflowing garden or tree going to waste, contact the owner to see if they would appreciate gleaning assistance. WSU Clallam County Extension is coordinating the 2016 season of the Clallam County Gleaners, a group of volunteers that will come out and glean farms, yards, and gardens for donation to local food access programs and as an exchange for volunteer time. This makes a great service project for community groups! To volunteer as a gleaner, contact the Extension office at 417-2279.
- Each volunteer using any ladder as part of the gleaning program must take the Ladder-Safety Training and Test
- Record your volunteer hours here: WSU Volunteer Database
- For step by step instructions: Database-Ladder-Safety-Instructions
Gleaning is a part of a home-grown solution to reducing food waste, increasing access to fresh and nutritious produce to our community members in need, and strengthening local community food systems.