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Blog for week of January 21, 2016

posted Jan 20, 2016, 11:20 AM by Scott Kilpatrick   [ updated Feb 20, 2018, 11:44 AM by Community Services ]

By: Mike Lockwood, Harvest VISTA

Happy (belated) New Year everyone!

It has been awhile since the last blog post, but since I, (Mike Lockwood), have a limited time left in my service, I thought I might highlight a few points of interest.  First, I will summarize the 2015 growing season (with diagrams provided in the attached version of the blog).  Then, I will highlight what is to come for the 2016 growing season.  Finally, I will give you the recipe of the week.

First, the 2015 harvest season surpassed expectations thanks in part to the donors and partners that supported us.  As a result, the Moses Lake Food Bank collected 100,893 pounds of fresh produce during the year (see graph below or in the attached file).   Although weather conditions accelerated the growing season, there were over 36 gleaning/food rescue events performed by the Moses Lake Senior Center and the Moses Lake Food Bank.  The biggest donation came from 2nd Harvest and their potato resorting event in October.  I would personally like to thank everyone who participated in the gleaning program in the 2015 season.  Thanks to you, we were able to feed thousands of families and individuals with hundreds of thousands of fresh produce.

Second, CSML is going through a transition period in the gleaning program.  The reason is that AmeriCorps VISTA will no longer fund the organization with a gleaning coordinator.  This is so because VISTA terms last about 3 years at a particular host site before they pull out.  This ensures that the projects set in place will be self-sustaining soon after the VISTA organization ends its project with its sponsored organization.

CSML is currently working on how to transition into the future.  For example, we are looking to fund a part-time/seasonal gleaning coordinator contract position to work during the high months of the growing season (June-October).  We are raising $4,000 to fund someone for the upcoming season to coordinate with the Senior Center gleaners, collect fresh produce for the food bank, and educate the public on the impacts of hunger and poverty.  In addition, we are looking into other funding opportunities such as grants to fund other projects such as an aquaponics project.  If all goes well, CSML will be able to transition the part-time/seasonal gleaning coordinator into a permanent fixture of the community.  If you would like to support a part-time/seasonal gleaning coordinator for CSML, please send a monetary donation to the following address:

PO Box 683

1075 W Marina Dr.

Moses Lake, WA 98837


Finally, today’s recipe of the week is for those who have beans but have run out of ideas on how to incorporate them into your meals.  It is called “My Dad’s Baked Beans” and it comes from Leanne Brown’s Good and Cheap recipe book on how to eat on as low as $4/day.  It is inspired by her father’s baked beans recipe, but instead of using canned beans, she calls for dried beans.  This is fitting because CSML provides both dried and canned beans to the families we serve.  In addition, you can add various toppings such as bacon, ham, avocado, salsa, etc.  It is a versatile and filling recipe to serve either two meals to an individual or one meal for a pair.  For more information, please refer to page 48 on Leanne Brown’s electronic book (http://www.leannebrown.com/).

P.S.  I will have one final blog post in February and that will be it for me.  Until then, have a good one.

Community Services,
Feb 20, 2018, 11:44 AM