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Gleaning produce with the Farmers Market Recovery program.


Glean Team Leaders (GTLs) are trained volunteers who collect produce at farmers market "gleaning" events. If you are passionate about fighting hunger & food waste in your own community and are detail-oriented, you will love being a Glean Team Leader!


We rely on our Glean Team Leaders to donate thousands of pounds of surplus fruits and vegetables every month from our weekly Farmers Market Recovery events. A GTL will recover and donate 580 pounds of food at an average Farmers Market Recovery event.

Joining our Volunteer Event Leader community also connects you with folks from all walks of life who are passionate about food access, food waste, sustainability, and agriculture. You'll have a regular opportunity to make a big impact, and you'll get to know local farmers and local produce in a whole new way.


At the Studio City Farmers Market, GTLs will glean the market with several other trained GTLs and are also welcome to bring a family member or friend.

GTLs distribute empty boxes to participating vendors, collect the food donations at the end of the market, weigh and record the donations, and prepare the produce for pick-up by one of Food Forward's partner hunger relief receiving agencies.


We'll have you check out a glean at the market first with a trained Glean Team Leader. If you love it, we'll get you through the rest of our training and paperwork process! A background check (free to you) is required.

You must be at least 16 years old to train as a GTL, and volunteers 16 - 17 years old must have a parent or legal guardian who trains and volunteers with them.


You may need to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds, and you'll need a smartphone to record donations or send us a photograph of the record. Food Forward provides liability insurance for the event.

The market glean is on Sundays from 12:30 to 2 pm. Shifts are about 2 hours long. We ask Glean Team Leaders to commit to volunteering at 6 market events over the course of a year or less. Of course, if you'd like to volunteer more, we'd be thrilled.


In non-COVID-19 times, Glean Team Leaders will lead small groups of volunteers at gleaning events. When it's safe to invite volunteers to join GTLs again, Food Forward takes care of recruiting and coordinating all volunteers.

All volunteers participating in this volunteer opportunity should adhere to the health and safety guidelines outlined here: https://www.laworks.com/health-and-safety.

By clicking "Express Interest," I acknowledge that I am aware and understand that I am being referred to Activities that are coordinated and managed by a third party Agency or Organization and that L.A. Works has no jurisdiction, control, or oversight over these Activities. The Activities may be inherently dangerous and may expose me to a variety of foreseen and unforeseen hazards and risks including exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 ("COVID-19"). The Activities may involve a degree of contact with clients who need assistance and other volunteers who may be carriers of COVID-19 and that personal protective equipment may not be available for my use and/or effective against preventing transmission of COVID-19 whether as a result of my own actions or otherwise.

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7412 Fulton Ave, N HOLLYWOOD, CA 91605, US

Mission Statement

Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.


Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.


Homeless & Housing
Homeless & Housing, Hunger


Wed Jul 13, 2022 - Fri Sep 30, 2022
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM


Los Angeles, CA 91604







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