The Sweet Home Gleaners, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Gleaning Organization with a Thrift Shop. The Thrift Shop is our main ongoing fundraiser. The money the thrift shop generates, donations, and fundraisers go towards paying the bills to keep the building open, so we are able to supply food for our low-income members. Donated food is provided to low-income families who are members of our gleaning organization. We are an all volunteer organization and everyone seen working in our thrift shop and helping with food distribution are not paid for their time. We accept clothing and household goods to sell in our Thrift Shop and offer a receipt to individuals and business donating to our organization.
The Sweet Home Gleaners, Inc., a nonprofit organization, was founded in the early 1970's in Sweet Home, Oregon, by two individuals who worked for Head Start. These women were brought together by a need to help low-income families enrolled in the Head Start Program by feeding their families through local farm donations. Elenore Phillips began volunteering shortly after the start of the organization and later became the coordinator. A few years later, they opened the program up to low-income families and began operating in a partnership with Community Services Consortium's Gleaning Program through Linn-Benton Food Share. In 1986, the organization was incorporated under the name "Sweet Home Gleaners and Emergency Food Bank" and acquired our 501(c) 3 status. Later that year the name was changed to The Sweet Home Gleaners, Inc. During Elenore's time with our organization, we were able to acquire our existing building.
Since that time, our gleaning program has grown to fill the niche in the food chain for low-income families throughout East Linn County. We serve members from Cascadia through the east side of Lebanon and Brownsville to the Scio/Lacomb area. We have members from newborn to 100 years of age. The key difference between Gleaners and food box agencies is the requirement of membership and giving back to the organization in order for the gleaning program to function. We help our membership through our membership volunteering for the organization. Our members can glean crops, pick up food from stores, participate in warehouse repack at Linn Benton Food Share, pick up food from Linn Benton Food Share and other locations designated by Linn Benton Food Share, or helping with our various fundraisers.
We have expanded to offer Wi-Fi internet and a few computers for individuals to use for job searching, school work, and various other needs.
The mission of The Sweet Home Gleaners, Inc. is to serve as East Linn County’s gleaning program by distributing food weekly to our members on a per person basis with adoptees taking precedence.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
3031 Main St., Sweet Home, OR 97386, us
10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Effective 5/10/2021, membership food distribution is Thursday, Friday and Saturday, by appointment. Call 541-367-3190, during Thrift Store hours, to schedule your food distribution appointment.
Our Board of Directors serve three year terms with five board members voted in by the membership each year. Board Members volunteer an average of four hours per week along with membership volunteering hours to keep our organization running.
Sean Dyson - Chair/President
Lisa Pye - Coordinator/Executive Director
Tammy Erickson - Asst Coordinator
Rege Shaw - Secretary
Teresa Spier – Board Member/Bookkeeper
Theresa Howard - Board Member
Chancey Montgomery – Board Member
Joe Morgan - Board Member
Vernell Warner - Board Member