Field gleaners meet at a designated farm field or orchard, usually within 20-30 minutes (or less) of their home. After receiving a brief orienation from a field supervisor, they enter the field or orchard and glean (pick) the fruits or vegetables remaining after commercial harvest.
Gleaners bag and weigh the produce as they go. Field gleaners usually work 2-3 hours on a weekday or weekend. Children and families are welcome! (All persons under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.)
When the gleaning is complete, willing volunteers load gleaned produce into their vehicles to take to a designated receiving agency (soup kitchen, shelter, food bank or pantry, child or senior nutrition program, etc.) nearby.
A group of 8-10 volunteers might recover 2,000 pounds of fresh, highly nutritious fruits and vegetables, yielding 6,000 servings for hungry people nearby.
Field gleaning volunteers also benefit the environment: by preventing that ton of produce from degrading in the field or in a landfill reduces future greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of keeping one car off the roads for a year.
The work is simple physical labor, usually picking and lifting fruits and vegetables of weights ranging from blueberries to pumpkins.
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 5
- Please include your zip code when you sign up!