Retirees Seek Fruit Donors and Volunteers
WHAT’S A GLEANER? For centuries, gleaners have collected food that would otherwise be wasted to feed the hungry. The term originates from the practice of landowners leaving portions of their fields or crops for the poor to harvest to feed their families.
The Senior Gleaners of San Diego County need fresh fruit donations and volunteers to feed hungry county residents. Donating fruit saves residents the work of picking and disposing of extra fruit. Donors receive a receipt for tax deduction purposes.
Since 1992, Senior Gleaners volunteers aged 55 or more have gleaned tons of produce annually throughout the county. Besides gleaning produce, the group daily collects unsold products donated by grocers. All the food is provided at no cost to the San Diego Food Bank and similar organizations.
Along with donations of produce, the organization needs volunteers to assist with picking, collection and transportation. Most Gleaners volunteer 3-4 hours one day per week, but there are no required minimum commitments.
Senior gleaners helped the homeowner (right) with her backyard trees