Senior Gleaners of San Diego County
Volunteers, ages 55 and older, glean surplus food from fields, groves, backyards, and stores. Since 1994, 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.
Watch a video showing Senior Gleaner volunteers at work.
The group donates collected food to the San Diego Food Bank through its partner Heaven's Windows in Spring Valley and to about 20 similar food distribution agencies. Recipient groups include food pantries, apartment complexes for senior and low income residents and programs helping feed children and students.
During 2019 gleaners distributed nearly 160,000 pounds of food that otherwise would have been destroyed, wasted or rotted. We gleaned almost 44,000 pounds of produce and more than 116,000 pounds of groceries. Volunteers contributed 5,568 hours for a productivity rate of 29 pounds of food gathered per hour of service.
Board of Directors
The governing body of Senior Gleaners is a volunteer board chaired by Barbara 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. Click here to read profiles of board members and the part-time general manager.
Gleaners distribute food to numeous organizations feeding the hungry including churches, food pantries and low income housing.
Statistics and Reports
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