Great Apple Giveaways in Port Angeles

Great Apple Giveaways in Port Angeles
Posted on 11/22/2016
Great Apple Giveaways in Port Angeles The Washington State University (WSU) Clallam County Extension program partnered with the Port Angeles School District for the Great Apple Give-away during several Port Angeles schools’ events.

Karlena Brailey, nutrition and physical activity coordinator for the Extension program, worked with local gleaners to provide sacks of apples and pears for distribution to Port Angeles families.

Dan Littlefield, the Extension’s food recovery coordinator, provided Brailey with a list of landowners for locations to pick.

“Clallam County landowners call in to the Extension Office with trees or fruit and vegetable crops they have an abundance of that they would like to share and open to community members to come pick,” said Brailey.  “Dan coordinates the process that connects landowners with people who would like to pick - an effort to reduce food waste in our community.”

“The Great Apple Give-away combines the resources of two of our Extension programs,” she explained. “My role focuses on nutrition and physical activity opportunities.  This event increases access to fruits and veggies for families and students at schools that have a free and reduced lunch rate of 50% or more.”

“We distributed an estimated 2,500 pounds of locally grown apples and pears to families and staff at five different Port Angeles schools this fall,” reported Brailey. “This is the first year we have tried this program and it is a partnership I would love to see continued and be able to expand our reach in upcoming years.”  

Brailey can be reached through the WSU Extension office’s main phone line at 360.417.2279.  Individuals interested in gleaning (either volunteers who would like to pick produce or landowners who have gardens and trees to pick) can call the main line or email Littlefield at Daniel.littlefield@wsu.edu.

Accompanying photo shows, left to right, Karlena Brailey, Dan Littlefield, Bentley Egnew and Leeann McComb during the Great Apple Give-away at Stevens Middle School.

Photo Credit:  Port Angeles School District

This news article was featured in the Fall Visions 2016 newsletter. To view the entire newsletter, click here.