There are many challenges with which the board must constantly deal. Some of the major challenges are funding, food supply and volunteers. Primary among those challenges is the fact that the Gleaners does not take any funds from government sources. Not from federal, state or local governments. While it is true that we own all of our facilities free of debt, we must rely on the continuing support of the community as well as local business and industry for operating capital. Currently we are successful in our fund raising efforts but each year is a new challenge and the economic environment exacerbates that challenge.
A second important opportunity facing the Gleaners is to guarantee a sufficient, continuing supply of food. Our food comes to us as donations from community volunteers, local supermarkets, local farmers, growers and brokers. We haven’t had to buy any food stuffs for many years. But with the current economy many of our usual suppliers have had to reduce or more closely control inventory levels. We continue to work to increase our daily supply of fruit, vegetables, canned goods and staples. We have increased our outreach to farmers and growers to improve our supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. We have long standing relationships with food producers and local supermarkets which we work hard to foster and maintain.
Daily the Gleaners depend upon 30-40 volunteers to operate. With only three paid employees, we are basically a community volunteer organization. These volunteers work in the office, answer telephones, take food orders from our clients, fill those orders, receive and process donated food and deliver some of the food to senior centers around the county and other tasks as needed. Many of our volunteers have been with us for 10 years or more of dedicated service. The challenge facing the board of directors is how the continue to attract, train and retain sufficient numbers of volunteers with a variety of skills that will enable the Gleaners to continue to serve the needs of our community.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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