Senior Gleaners of San Diego County


What we do

Results of our work


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. .

Gleaners donates all collected food to the San Diego Food Bank through its partner Heaven's Windows in Spring Valley. Recipient groups include food pantries, apartment complexes for senior and low income residents and programs helping feed children and students.

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.

Recipients of our gleaning

Organization details

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.


Feel free to use information contained in news releases and sample articles to include in newsletters and Websites.

  • Click here for news release seeking food, volunteers to serve new partner Heaven's Windows recipient agencies
  • Click here for news release announcing joint Website for all gleaning groups in San Diego County
  • Click here for general newsletter/Website articles

Statistics and Reports

  • Click here to read the 2017 Annual Treasurer's Report
  • Click here to read the 2018 Projected Budget
  • Read our organization's Bylaws.

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