On April 12th, 2013, a sunny Friday afternoon in Arroyo Grande, 8 volunteer gleaners and one GleanSLO coordinator gathered together to pick a variety of citrus fruit from 5 homes in the neighborhoods surrounding Heritage Square Park. Together with the partnership of the homeowners and volunteers, we provided 938 pounds of oranges, lemons and grapefruits to the Food Bank.
Our first Neighborhood Citrus Collection of 2013 was held in San Luis Obispo on March 2nd. This second Neighborhood Collection was initiated and organized by volunteer and Arroyo Grande resident, Vince Petrie, who read about GleanSLO and wanted to involve his neighbors in our efforts to provide fresh, local produce to those in need. In total, Vince has referred over 10 homes and properties with fruit trees to GleanSLO.
Thanks to the team of Chuck Asmus and Vince Petrie who have lead these smaller, neighborhood gleans. They have made a huge contribution to GleanSLO as they are now organizing and managing harvests on their own as Volunteer Leaders!