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17 November 2017
8 Dec 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

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10 November 2017
18 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 September 2017
17 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

1 September 2017
9 Sep 2017

Elk Run Farm Outing - Sat. 9th Sept

Reply to Michel Carter

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.

South-end Rotary clubs and Rotary District 5030 have funded and supported infrastructure development at the farm. Rotary First Harvest, through its Harvest Against Hunger program, has placed AmeriCorps VISTA and National Civilian Community Corps resources to develop the farm.

The farm has become a showcase for organic, community based farming, and recently received an award from the King Conservation District and King County Executive (and fellow Rotarian) Dow Constantine for its work.

Family-friendly games and farm tours will be available, and you’re welcome to dig in to help harvest some of the crops. We’ll also be serving hot dogs, chips and non-alcoholic refreshments. Please feel free to bring your own wine or beer to share, if you’d like.

 

The farm is located at 22500 SE 275th Place in Maple Valley / Covington.

26 January 2016
12 Feb 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!

9 July 2014
21 Nov 2017

New Announcement!

by Paul Osborn

Attention all Rotary First Harvest volunteers! RFH has requested we register that we are coming to the work party on any given second Saturday of the month at the Kent, Northwest Harvest warehouse. Please register here.

See you there at 9:00 AM this Saturday!

20 June 2014
21 Nov 2017

New Announcement!

by Paul Osborn

Morris Kremin announced that this Saturday will be the last Rotary First Harvest work party of the year and look forward to seeing lots of participation to seal up winning the “Golden Donut” for the Rotary year. President Scott Sadler also awarded Morris Kremin with the June “Rotarian of the Month” award in recognition of his hard work on making the Rotary First Harvest a huge success this year!

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Rotary First Harvest

Michel and Kevin at RFH Work Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

I Volunteer at Northwest Harvest Because…

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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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