Skip to main content

Stories from the Field: Linn Benton Food Share & Gleaners

Here's the latest update from the AmeriCorps NCCC team currently serving at SAGE. Through this series of blog posts (each written by a different member of the team) we hope to provide you with an inside look at AmeriCorps NCCC and the service experiences the team is encountering at SAGE, the Corvallis Environmental Center, and with our 11 partner organizations in Benton County. Our third service story comes from Danielle Jettoo, originally from New York, who is one of seven members on the team and also serves as a Corps Ambassador on the team:
 

"I want to say that this was the best week ever, but then I would be lying. This is because every week is the best week ever. This week, however, was especially amazing because we worked with the Gleaners at the Linn Benton Food Share! Pre-Corvallis, I had no idea what a Food Share was, let alone Gleaners. Come to find out, Gleaners are individuals that pick up excess food from farmers and grocery stores and distribute it to needy individuals in the community. On two Wednesdays each month, the Gleaners are able to divide the food that was collected amongst themselves at the Linn Benton Food Share warehouse. This past Wednesday, frozen vegetables was the food item up for distribution. Between the volunteers and our AmeriCorps team, 9,000 pounds of vegetables were bagged and shipped out!

I find it hard to explain why this experience was especially meaningful to me. Maybe it was the conversation that I had with the man who continues to volunteer to glean after 20 years and who told me about how gleaning dates back 4,000 years. Maybe it was the two adopted children I spoke to who told me that they have been gleaning their whole lives to have food to eat. Maybe it was the sense of family that seemed to overwhelm the Food Share warehouse. Maybe it was the massive bin of broccoli that volunteers had to literally stand in in order to scoop out the veggies. Maybe it was the fact that there were so many older people working together so efficiently for an important cause: to feed themselves and others. Maybe it was the woman who brought me bags before I had a chance to scream for more. Whatever it was, it touched me."

Popular posts from this blog

Turn Trash to Treasure: An Easy Way to Help SAGE and the Corvallis Environmental Center!

Clear clutter and unwanted items from your home and you can help raise funds for the Corvallis Environmental Center--all year long!  Just take your unwanted items to an ARC Thrift Store where they sell them and donate the proceeds to the CEC.  It easy!  Here's how:

1. Collect Items in Good Condition

Not all donate-able items are eligible, so check out the list of items that will raise money for the CEC:
www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org/turn-trash-to-treasure
2. Put a sticker on each eligible item Stickers are located in a big envelope on the window outside of the CEC office at 214 SW Monroe Ave., Corvallis

3. Drop-off Items at The ARC! Items can be dropped off anytime during store hours at either location.

The ARC Thrift Stores:
928 NW Beca Street, Corvallis (541) 754-9011
936 Main Street, Philomath (541) 929-3946

Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10am-5:30pm
Sunday: 12pm-5:30pm
Thanks so much for helping support SAGE and the other programs of the Corvallis Environmental Center!!!

Beans, Beans and More (or Less) Allergenic Beans!

We have a little good news this week: my son passed a home bean challenge for both pinto and cannellini (white) beans last night. Hooray!

At our last allergist visit, they ran the numbers on a number of varieties of beans and many were Class 0, with values like 0.68. My son's doctor thought it was reasonable to try these at home.

Going to stop for a moment and interject: DON'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR DOCTOR'S DIRECTION. A lot of things go into whether home challenges are a good idea for your child: how serious the allergen typically is, how far the hospital, how experienced the parents are with recognizing reactions. Many doctors are not comfortable with this at all. But, in our case, it makes sense to do some challenges at home because my son tests slightly allergic to dozens of foods.

He has avoided all beans since around age five, when he started developing new allergies. First it was tuna. Then cashews. Then (to our great surprise), he suddenly became allergic to garbonzo be…

Best Food Allergy Tweets/Posts From 2013 ACAAI Meeting

Sorry, guys...I've been very busy the last couple of weeks, but just over a week ago one of the largest allergy and asthma conferences, the annual American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, was tweeting its brains out.

Here were the tweets and (virtual) presentations I thought were most interesting:

ACE inhibitors are often used to treat high blood pressure. I believe Lisinopril was the one specifically mentioned. This goes hand in hand with the idea that older patients, especially men, can see changes in the severity of their allergic reactions as they age.

Here's an answer on the question many of us asked about component testing. Just as with RAST, the number itself doesn't matter; just the positive result.

Gross! But yes, give your kids the bobber after the dog/ brother/ mailman licked it.

Conversely, tree-nut-allergic individuals have a 30% incidence of concurrent peanut allergy. 
So stop blaming yourselves, FA mommies! I've said this consistently - Mother Natur…