Pike Place Market Flower Fest, 5/9/2010, 10:00 am
- Hello Picardo Gardeners!
Starting June 1st, volunteers from our garden will pick up your produce donations every Tuesday morning, every Friday morning and every Saturday noon and deliver them to a food bank or senior housing.
How can you participate? Donate your extra row that you planted this spring. Donate when you have too much of one type of crop. Donate because your produce will help nourish our community!
- Harvest just before the pick-up time (the evening before or morning of-but no earlier).
- Wash or clean off excess soil.
- Weigh and record your donation on the tracking sheet (in the food bank closet)
- Place the donation in the food bank closet (east side of the small shed)
- Contact Nazila Merati if you cannot harvest from your plot and want to donate. She will coordinate gleaning efforts. nazilam@...
Just say NO to rotting food in the garden this year!!
If you’ve missed the pick up, please do not place any produce in the closet until just before the next delivery.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Big thanks too to all our volunteer drivers!!
If you have questions, please contact me at michelleb@... or by phone at 206-694-6754.
See below for more information on where the food is going.
Michelle Bates-Benetua, Lettuce Link Program Manager
Solid Ground Building community to end poverty
1501 N. 45th St. Seattle , WA 98103
Lettuce Link creates access to fresh, nutritious and organic produce, seeds, and gardening information for low-income families in Seattle and builds awareness about food security and sustainable food production.
Tuesday mornings: pickup between 9:00 and 9:30 am
Greenwood Food Bank
9041 Greenwood Ave N.
Contact: Patty Leach or Christin Froderberg
What does the food bank want MOST? All fresh veggies are great (even kale & chard), and top picks include: carrots, radishes, lettuce, cucumbers, and zucchini.
Friday morning: pickup between 9:00 and 9:30 am
12736 33rd Ave NE –
Food bank director is Kay Hardie
What kinds of food does the food bank want? All fresh produce is great, other than berries, as they don’t hold up well. Veggies that are especially wanted are: lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, squash, cucumbers, and cabbage. Even oversized zucchini are welcome!
Saturday afternoon –12:00 noon-ish
- Silvercrest Senior Residences
9543 Greenwood Ave. N
Silvercrest is a an apartment complex for 74 seniors on a VERY limited income. Many rely soley on their SSI ($440/mo) and $40 in food stamps. The building charges them 30% of their income for rent. Several are not able to walk to the food bank just a few blocks away.
What do the residents want? FRESH, nicely washed produce. Most of the residents are Chinese & Russian. Favorites include greens for stir-fry, beans, radishes, beets, cucumbers, dill, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, fruit, etc.
Tips for donating produce:
Herbs – best on delivery days, bundled up with strings or twist ties in small batches, like you would buy in the grocery store. Label if not obvious what the herb is.
Have lots of one veggie? Have a little of everything? Donate, donate, donate.
Put veggies in the shed near other similar veggies. This will make it easier for drivers to separate out and load up.
Feel free to include recipes for uncommon items (even for chard & kale)
Wash, weigh, and track your donations!! Can we donate 7,000 pounds this year??