Ways to get involved...

Become a Gleaner


The easiest way to get involved! Register as a volunteer and then sign up for an event on our Harvests page. Gleans are seasonal, available all over SLO county, and last about 2 hours. Gleaners are the hands and heart of our efforts to rescue nature’s bounty for the benefit of our community!

Harvest Leader

As a Harvest Leader, you will be trained and equipped to lead small groups of volunteers to harvest excess produce from homes in your area. Harvest Leaders drop off produce to a nearby food pantry, keeping the fruit as local as possible. Harvest Leaders may also co-lead farm gleans. It's up to each Harvest Leader to determine how frequently you would like to lead gleans. Harvest Leader Training occurs quarterly. GleanSLO T-shirt, equipment, harvest manual and additional supplies will be provided for each Harvest Leader. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Hannah at hkenny@slofoodbank.org.

Farmers’ Market Collection Leader

Want to get to know your local farmers AND help feed the hungry? Every week GleanSLO collects leftover produce from the SLO Thursday Night and the Templeton Saturday Farmers’ Markets. Our Collection Leaders engage with farmers, orchestrate volunteers and keep track of poundage and donation receipts. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Hannah at hkenny@slofoodbank.org.

Host a Fruit Drive

Host a Fruit Drive at your school, business or neighborhood! The Fruit Drive model is similar to a typical food drive, but the fruit being collected is gathered from trees, rather than purchased. GleanSLO provides you with a Fruit Drive Kit that includes the resources you’ll need to successfully publicize and collect hundreds of pounds of produce within yourS community. Contact Program our Manager at gleanslo@slofoodbank.org to learn more!

Group Volunteering

Does your community group or volunteer organization want to participate in something with an impact? Gleaning options that can accommodate large groups are limited, seasonal and not guaranteed. Email Volunteer Coordinator, Hannah at hkenny@slofoodbank.org and include the size of your group, potential dates and times you are available, and any other considerations.

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