What we do
Volunteers, ages 55 and older, glean surplus food from fields, groves, backyards, stores and restaurants. This food is distributed to non-profit agencies that feed the hungry throughout San Diego County.
How to help Senior Gleaners
- Donate produce
- Donate groceries, surplus food
- Donate funds or services
- Distribute brochures in your neighborhood
- Sign up for e-mail news
Our warehouse processed more than 200,000 pounds of food in 2017.
We distribute gleaned food to San Diego Food Bank agencies that provide food to the hungry throughout the county, primarily through Heaven's Windows in Spring Valley.
Are you wondering: "What's a gleaner, anyway?" Gleaners collect the remaining crop from a field left over from harvest. The practice goes back to biblical times: "When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not be so thorough that you reap the field to its very edge, nor shall you GLEAN the stray ears of grain. Likewise, you shall not pick up the grapes that have fallen. These things you shall leave for the poor..." Leviticus 19:9-10
What's a gleaner?
April PICK ME event
surpasses $3,000 goal
During the week of April 16-20, we invited volunteers, supporters and donors of produce to support the work of nearly 80 Senior Gleaners by “picking” one or more volunteers and pledging a financial donation for the hours they worked that week. Responses provided $4,500 to support our work. Residents whose fruit we have picked contribued more than $1,000. About a quarter of our proceeds came from one volunteer's friends/family members and another volunteer's 12 sponsors. Other Senior Gleaner volunteers contributed the remainder. Thanks to all for boosting our budget. Funds will be used to operate and maintain vans used to haul picked fruti and unsold grocery items.