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22 Sep 2018

Rotary First Harvest / 2017-2018 Community Report

by Adam Mihlstin

Please check-out the great work Rotary First Harvest is doing throughout the community!

Here’s a sample . . . Food gathered between July 1 – August 31, 2018, 1.3M pounds with an estimated value of $3M – WOW!

-Adam

2017-2018 Community Report

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14 Apr 2018

BBRC Host Rotary First Harvest for April

by Kaj Pedersen

We had a great crowd today at Rotary First Harvest – a program of Rotary District 5030 — 28 of us! It was our month to host — thank you to Howard Johnson, Desiree Yuzawa, Colleen Turner, Morris Kremen and Chuck Barnes for being there to help set up, greet guests and clean up.

1 Dec 2017

2017 SHANAHAN AWARD - MICHEL CARTER

by Adam Mihlstin

Today, the University District Club hosted Rotary First Harvest’s 2017 Shanahan Awards.  This year 3 awards were given.  The first was presented to Kris and Erick Ringsrud.  The Ringsruds have an apple orchard in Cashmere and have generously donated thousands of pounds of apples to RFH.  The second award was presented to Ed Taylor of Taylor Driving School.  TDS has been crisscrossing the state, hauling over 250,000 lbs. of produce.

The third award was presented to the Carter Family in memory of Michel Carter.  There was a tribute video (CLICK HERE) presented then Adam Mihlstin and Howard Johnson provided comments about Michel, BBRC, Rotary and RFH.  Rachel and Brian Carter were in attendance to receive the Shanahan Award – a beautiful crystal apple etched with Michel’s name and a fitting tribute to his many contributions to RFH.

17 Nov 2017

2017 Turkey Drive - Thankfully Successful!

by Adam Mihlstin

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” — John F. Kennedy

The 2017 Turkey Drive is complete.  Funds raised by the Club purchased 60 frozen turkeys that were donated to Hopelink, Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.

Thank you to ALL who donated.  Lead donors for this effort included, Alan Bohling, Tom Leonidas, Steven Goldfarb, Matt DiJulio and Morris Kremen.

We have a cash surplus of approximately $6,250 from the fund raising for this project.  We’ll donate this amount to Rotary First Harvest in memory of Michel Carter.  Michel was one of our most active members with RFH.

Have a great Thanksgiving and an even better holiday season!

Gobble, Gobble,

-Adam

10 Nov 2017

RFH Needs Your Vote for $30,000!

by Carmela Ramaglia

Rotary First Harvest is a finalist in BECU’s “People Helping People” Awards and the grand prize is $30,000!! ANYONE (over 18) can vote!! You do NOT need to be a member of BECU. PLEASE use this link and vote today!!

10 Sep 2017

Elk Run Farm - District Fellowship and Learning

by Kaj Pedersen

Rotarians learning about the farm and its crops

Colleen Turner and the Pedersen clan were able to visit Elk Run Farm this past Saturday and get a first-hand look at a remarkable example of Rotary action right here in our area. Elk Run Farm, built on a former golf course, now grows and distributes vegetables for distribution to hungry families and individuals through the 12 members of the South King County Food Coalition. Learn more about the Elk Run Farm Visit

26 Jan 2016

Next RFH Work Party - Feb 13

by Michel Carter

The next Rotary First Harvest is Saturday, February 13th 8:30 AM to 11 AM. Register now!

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Rotary First Harvest (RFH) is a program of Rotary District 5030 and has been operating for over 25 years.  Its primary mission is as a non-profit produce broker, connecting farmers, truckers and food banks to distribute millions of pounds of produce that would otherwise have gone to waste to food banks across Washington.  This involves setting up arrangements with trucking companies to haul the donated produce from the farm and processing plants directly to the food distribution facilities and then packing that same food into boxes appropriate for use in local food banks.

Ruben Ladlad Packages Rice for the Food Banks

A major part of this mission is carried out on the second Saturday of every month.  On that second Saturday, Rotarians from all Clubs in District 5030 are welcome to participate in work parties at the Northwest Harvest (NWH) warehouse, located in the Kent Valley.*  Work parties at the NWH warehouse typically include up to 120 Rotarians, friends, families and guests.  Work party tasks include repacking frozen vegetables from bulk containers into family-sized servings and repacking apples, pears and other fruits that are donated in 1,000 pound bins.

Time: Second Saturday of every month from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM 

Place/directions:    Northwest Harvest Warehouse
    22220 68th Avenue S
    Kent, WA  98032
    
What to wear: The warehouse can be chilly, especially in the winter months. Plan to wear a few layers of clothes, since once the work begins, you’ll warm up quickly.  Always wear comfortable shoes, but not sandals please.

*Work parties are also held at the Food Lifeline warehouse in North Seattle on the 4th Friday of most months in the year.

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Colleen Turner and the Pedersen clan were able to visit Elk Run Farm this past Saturday and get a first-hand look at a remarkable example of Rotary action right here in our area. Elk Run Farm, built on a former golf course, now grows and distributes vegetables for distribution to hungry families and individuals through the 12 members of the South King County Food Coalition.

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