Senior Gleaners of San Diego County


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.

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Sponsor a Gleaner

In "PICK ME" Event April 16-20

During the week of April 16-20, we invite you to support the work of nearly 80 Senior Gleaners by “picking” one or more volunteers and pledging a financial donation for the hours they work that week. This will go to support this year’s modest budget of $25,000 (which primarily funds maintenance, fuel and insurance on three vans transporting picked produce and grocery items to distribution centers). Click here to open a document with instructions for sending your donation. Thanks for helping us feed hungry residents of San Diego County.

GLEANER VOLUNTEERS: Click here to download a form for recording your sponsors. You will submit the form to Senior Gleaners at the end of the event along with collected cash and checks.

How to help Senior Gleaners

  • Donate produce
  • Donate groceries, surplus food
  • Donate funds or services
  • Distribute brochures in your neighborhood
  • Volunteer
  • 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?

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