Every Wednesday, a Eugene Area Gleaner volunteer picks up a donation from the Bread Stop and the Muffin Mill. We cannot predict how much bread or the types that will be donated. It is simply a gift. Sometimes it is there in abundance, sometimes it is not. Types of breadstuffs we have seen include: sliced bread (wheat, rye, white, sourdough, flaxseed, multigrain, potato), rounds (rosemary, potato), focaccia, french bread, hoagie rolls, hamburger buns, pizza dough (rare), challah, granola, rolls. Types of muffins, etc that we’ve seen: muffins, cookies, cake, cheesecake, and cinnamon buns.
The bread is amazing quality; no preservatives, and all-natural. Because we are receiving this gift at or near the sell-by date, I recommend refrigerating or freezing the bread if it cannot be used immediately. We sort the bread upon arrival. People with chickens take the moldy bread so that nothing goes to waste.
The driver volunteer meets the host volunteers, one in West Eugene and one in Springfield, and hands off the bread. The Hosts will set up the bread in front of their houses (preferably covered and not muddy!) with flyers explaining what the bread is for and what our group does, inviting new members. They will then email the list with their name, address, phone number, and approximately what is available at the start of the donation. Bread is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. *Please* do not call or text the bread volunteers, Brandy, or Leslie about what time they’ll be there or what they have!
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Q: Can I be in the gleaner’s group just to receive bread?
A: No- you need to follow our rules and contribute vis a vis hanging fliers and attending gleans/meetings. This is a gleaning group, not a free bread group. We go through and check activity to make sure our members are following the rules and not just hanging out for freebies.
Q: Can you call or text me when the bread arrives?
A: No. Our volunteers are all very busy. We are not reimbursed for text messages, cell phone time, and you should be checking your email regularly to receive group information- not just bread information. We are juggling gleaning volunteer duties along with our jobs and families. Most cell phone plans will let you sign up to receive text messages in lieu of emails. Email Brandy about signing up on the list to receive texts instead of emails, but be aware this will be the case for all list emails. *Please* do not call or text the bread volunteers, Brandy, or Leslie about what time they’ll be there or what they have!
Q: How can I help with the weekly bread?
A: You’re welcome to donate to the hosts’ gas fund when you pick up bread but it is not compulsory.
Q: Can I call you if I am looking for a specific bread item? Can you set it aside for me?
A: No, please don’t call or text. We give an approximation of what is delivered- it’s a pain to keep going out to check if what you want is available. Bread host may/may not be willing and available to set items aside for you. It is not recommended to hold items aside for anyone longer than a couple of hours due to remaining shelf life.
Q: Can I pick up bread to distribute in my neighborhood, or for family & friends?
A: We want as many group members as possible to benefit from this gift as other groups may opt to apply with the Bread Stop for their own donation day. If you would like to take more or extra to friends in need, please ask them to sign up with our group and contribute to it in any way they possibly can- hanging fliers, spreading the word, attending meetings. Friday, after all group members have had a shot at picking up some bread, we are happy to share, but we want to take care of the group members who help keep this group going first.