Food Recovery Volunteer in Escondido

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40% of all food goes to waste, and 1 in 3 people in San Diego County is food insecure. Join other volunteers of all ages to glean (pick) fruit in backyard orchards for people in need. Together, we will help address the problem of hunger and waste in one sweet step.

Enjoy a fragrant Tuesday morning gleaning fruit trees at various residential North County groves from 9am - 12pm. This seasonal volunteer position picks fruit December through the end of July. Approximately 25 volunteers of all ages yield a minimum of 800 pounds of fruit-often much more! A major distribution agency, such as San Diego Food Bank or Feeding San Diego, drops off the totes in advance and then transports the bounty back to their headquarters for distribution to their food pantries located throughout the county. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes as well as bring a water bottle, and will be provided with necessary equipment and orientation at pick location.

Sign up directly on our website Once you sign up as a volunteer you can register for available events in our calendar. Choose a date and location that works best for you. Please note you must register and sign a waiver to join us. Sharing has never been sweeter!

For more information, please contact our Community Orchard Program Lead, Shannon, at

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About ProduceGood


441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024, US

Mission Statement

Build an active and engaged community committed to finding sustainable solutions to alleviate hunger,reclaim and repurpose waste and promote the health and well-being of all.


We're a food recovery organization but not a traditional one. We go to the source of surplus produce - backyard orchards, farms, farmers' markets, and grocery stores - to recover the excess and transport it to food pantries, shelters, and other organizations that help food-insecure San Diegans. Join us!


Advocacy & Human Rights
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


North County San DiegoEscondido, CA 92027




  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • this is usually a 2.5 hour time commitment
  • Volunteers can see our calendar of events and must register on

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