The Rainbow Valley Volunteers is WGAP's gleaning program. Gleaning is the process of harvesting usable, but unharvested or unmarketable food. These fruits and vegetables are then distributed to low income families, Seniors, Disabled, and local food banks. In this region of the Columbia River Gorge, there are many opportunities to glean.
Individuals are able to register their fruit and nut trees and/or their garden on a Harvest Project registry cooperatively maintained with the Klickitat County Health Department. When ripe and ready, the Rainbow Valley Volunteers glean the produce.
Just a few examples of their success:
Four Volunteers gleaned 1,100 pounds of pears and apples
A crew of seven Volunteers gleaned 400 pounds of sweet cherries
In the months of July 2012 the White Salmon and Goldendale RVV groups collected more than 14 tons of food!
As more families struggle to meet their basic needs, the Rainbow Valley Volunteers is an excellent community resource.