Please note, the AGM is re-scheduled for September, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic. Please continue to check this web site for updates and the exact date. The Board reminds everyone that the future belongs to God.
Because of the Covid-19 virus the April 14TH Mixing Time has been moved to June 9-13 & 15-19, 2020!
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AS OF MARCH 20TH, 2020 THE PLANT IS CLOSED UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE!
COVID-19 PLANT PROTOCOLS:
The Okanagan Board of Directors upon the recommendation by the Building/Property committee have approved the construction of a drive-in cooler.
Currently we are using the two high-way trailers with reefers to maintain our vegetables and fruit stock at cooler temperatures. These trailer/reefers are aging and expensive to maintain that includes diesel fuel for their operation. In keeping with good business practices, these units will be replaced because of high cost and lack of efficiencies.
Therefore, a 20X30 foot drive-in cooler building will be constructed to replace the two reefers. This new cooler will be more efficient and cost effective. The replacement of the reefers will also dramatically reduce our carbon foot print. The fuel and maintenance savings could pay for the new cooler in 2 to 3 years. Our target amount is $120,000.
The Board has initiated a FUND RAISING event to pay for the cooler. Here is your opportunity to be part of improving our operation by prayerfully considering to donate to this project.
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WE FEED THE HUNGRY
If you can clean and chop vegetables, then you can help at our Gleaners plant.
Individuals and families are invited to drop-in and help any morning, Monday through Saturday, from 8:30am-Noon. Working at Gleaners is a great experience for families with children.
Our work continues year-round, depending on the availability of fresh or frozen vegetables and fruit. You can call ahead to determine what we are likely to be processing over the next few days. May to November is our peak period when the harvests are overflowing in the Okanagan Valley.
We can accommodate about 60 volunteers at a time, so large groups should book in advance to avoid overcrowding.
Churches, youth groups, seniors and families are invited to spend part of their vacation in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, volunteering with the Gleaners.
Work with us in the morning and explore the south Okanagan in the afternoon.
When you or your group are volunteering at the Okanagan Gleaners, you can camp in our orchard or hook-up your RV in one of our 12 slots right on the Gleaners plant site, but be sure to book ahead as they are very popular! Click here for more info on staying with us!
WHAT WE DO
We process donated (gleaned) vegetables into healthy and nutritious dry soup mix which is then packaged into 100 serving bags.
Annually our volunteers prepare approximately 5 million servings which are then donated to well-established relief organizations such as World Vision Canada, Mennonite Central Committee and Mission Without Borders.
We also produce Apple chips which are a favourite of the children.
Since 1996 millions of servings have been prepared and distributed to over 50 countries around the world feeding the hungry.