The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Help fight hunger in Merced County by volunteering with "Picking for Purpose!"
Many commercial growers and private homeowners have fruit trees, or entire orchards and fields that produce more fresh fruit or vegetables than they can harvest. We invite them to register their crops online. Donations are tax deductible. (Some California growers may be eligible for a 10% tax credit.)
MMCFB staff organize harvests and train volunteers to gather the fresh produce. Volunteers sign up online (http://mercedgleaning.org/volunteer.php), checking off a liability waiver that protects crop owners.
The produce collected is distributed by the Food Bank to our neighbors in need through our network of non-profit agency partners and direct food programs like Senior Brown Bag Program and Emergency Food Assistance Program.