Senior Gleaners of San Diego County


Celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2019

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.

How to help Senior Gleaners

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

Volunteers collected more than 280,000 pounds of food in 2018. 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 campaign raises $3,200

Volunteer and resident donor contributions top $3,200. Learn more

Join our Board of Directors to guide our next 25 years.

We seek board members who have a passion for recovering food otherwise wasted. Learn more

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