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Rescuing nature's bounty for the benefit of our community. Through the act of harvesting and sharing food, we connect and nourish our community to build stronger relationships and a deeper appreciation for our food.
Gleaning is the collection of leftover crops both large and small, from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or from fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. GleanSLO has expanded this definition to include the collection of surplus produce from backyards and gardens of community residents.
Working closely with growers, GleanSLO employees or volunteer leaders organize harvests to gather the fresh produce. Volunteer pickers sign up online, checking off a liability waiver that protects crop owners.
The produce collected is distributed by the Food Bank Coalition to our neighbors in need. Over 44,000 San Luis Obispo County residents are served by the Food Bank yearly.