For Farmers and Growers

GleanSLO is a program of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County that harvests excess produce and donates it to local Food Bank agencies to be distributed to food insecure individuals around the county.


We harvest:

  • Quality produce that is no longer commercially viable
  • Weather damaged crops
  • Produce from bypassed fields
  • Non-machine harvestable crops
  • Pollinator trees
  • Secondary growth

Additionally, GleanSLO will pick up crops which have already been harvested. Bins to pick into are available upon request.

From small scale farms to large grower cooperatives, GleanSLO has the capacity to harvest any size farm.

“Talley Farms and our Fresh Harvest CSA program support the work of GleanSLO as they provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the needy in our community while educating on the importance of eating healthy.  We are grateful for the work of the GleanSLO volunteers who harvest our “imperfect” produce that we would otherwise cultivate back into the soil.”
~Andrea Chavez, Manager Fresh Harvest, Talley Farms

Protection:

We properly train, supervise and hold liability coverage for all volunteers who glean with us. We are happy to provide a certificate of coverage if necessary.

Benefits:

New CA legislation that takes effect on January 1, 2017 will provide a tax credit for all CA grown produce donated to food banks, equaling 15% of the donation’s wholesale value (up from current expiring legislation which provides 10% of the donation’s inventoried value).  Additionally, farmers are also eligible for a federal tax deduction for donated produce. For information, see the link  below.  Please consult your tax advisor to determine your eligibility for the tax incentives.

Summary of Federal and California produce donation tax incentives

CALIFORNIA TAX CREDIT FORM for produce donations

FEDERAL TAX DEDUCTION FORM for produce donations

For more information, contact Roxanne Sanders at gleanslo@slofoodbank.org

Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act - In 1996, President Clinton signed this act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This law:

  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;
  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and
  • Sets a floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."
  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;
  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and Sets a floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conductis likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."

For more information: Feeding America.