Salem Non-Profit Almost Quadruples Donations
A Salem non-profit has been noticed for quadrupling the amount of fresh produce it donated to food banks this year.
Last year, gathered close to 80,000 pounds of food -- using volunteers to glean fields and collect fruit from back garden trees.
But this year, it collected almost 300,000 pounds.
Charity vice-president, Elise Bauman, says they got more volunteers involved and visited more farms. But she says the key was to ask farmers for help: "Generally we're out there with just our hands and buckets and baskets, we have an ATV with a trailer on it," she said.
"But when we have a farmer out there on his tractor with a wagon that can take eight totes, instead of an ATV with one tote -- and a tote like this bin that's like a watermelon bin, it just goes so much more faster and it's so much more efficient."
The USDA found that 15 percent of Oregon households were "food insecure" over this year.
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