Senior Gleaners of San Diego County
Volunteers, ages 55 and older, glean surplus food from fields, groves, backyards, and stores. For more than 25 years, the organization has donated tons of food annually to local agencies that feed the hungry. Senior Gleaners is affiliated with the San Diego County Office of Aging and Independent Services.
Currently the organization numbers about 80 active gleaners with ages ranging from 55 into their 80s. The group has two functions:
1. Gleaning produce one morning a week from donors throughout San Diego County. One group specializes in large groves and farms in the North County area while a second group focuses on donations of all sizes (even 1 or 2 backyard trees in some cases) primarily in South and East County locations.
2. Gleaning unsold grocery products four days weekly from grocers in Central, South and East County locations. .
During 2017 gleaners distributed more than 200,000 pounds of food that otherwise would have been destroyed, wasted or rotted. We gleaned 68,000 pounds of produce and 137,000 pounds of groceries. Volunteers contributed 6,000 hours for a productivity rate of 34 pounds of food gathered per hour of service.
Board of Directors
The governing body of Senior Gleaners is a volunteer board chaired by Monte Turner. The board meets quarterly to review operations and finances. The board is seeking new members. There are no age requirements and board members need not participate in active gleaning.
Gleaners distribute food to numeous organizations feeding the hungry including churches, food pantries and low income housing.
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