Thanks to the generosity of residents, the USDA and The Payroll Department, Bear Smart Durango and our partners have greatly expanded the fruit gleaning program by hiring a Regional Food Recovery Hub coordinator to promote the program, develop a more user-friendly website, coordinate fruit and produce harvest crews and locate new end users of gleaned foods! We are pleased to announce that Ian Chamberlin has been hired as the Regional Food Recovery Hub coordinator. He can be reached via email to answer any inquiries regarding this program. Program partners include Local First, Fort Lewis College Environmental Center, Colorado State University Extension Office, Healthy Community Food Systems, Bear Smart Durango, The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado, Cooking Matters and Durango School District 9R. Additional local and regional partners serve on an advisory committee. More funds are needed, including towards coordination of volunteer fruit and produce harvest crews. Click on the donate button below to make a secure contribution via the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado using PayPal, credit or debit card. “Thank you for the fruit gleaning program! I was able to contact two out of the three people listed and my family and I collected bags of pears and apples last week, hopefully helping the trees and property owners to keep damage down to a minimum, keeping bears from harm and helping us too. Thanks again.” – Durango resident, 2015 Thank you to The Payroll Department and Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado! Banner photo: Fort Lewis College Environmental Center Special thanks to Duffy Brook for help with the Fruit Gleaning web pages! Thank you, Duffy.