Senior Gleaners of San Diego County


Celebrating our 26th Anniversary in 2020

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.

Burton and Bastani named 2019 Volunteers

Volunteers urgently needed to pick fruit and haul groceries

Two members of the Clairemont picking crew were honored at an early 2020 volunteer meeting. Learn more

The number of pick requests has tripled compared to early months of 2019. While Gleaners must be 55 years old, guests over the age of 5 are welcome. Gleaners also needs people willing to pick up groceries at small stores in their own vehicle. Learn more

How to help Senior Gleaners

  • Donate produce, groceries, surplus food.
  • Donate funds or services
  • Volunteer
  • Sign up for e-mail news

Volunteers collected nearly 160,000 pounds of food in 2019. Heaven's Windows in Spring Valley, a hub of the San Diego Food Bank, distributed the bulk of the food to feed hungry children, seniors and low income residents.

Gleaned food goes to agencies throughout the county that provide food to hungry residents of all ages.

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?

What we do

Annual April campaign seeks sponsors for volunteers

Volunteer and resident donor contributions help fund our work. Learn more

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