Harvesting / Gleaning Organizations Directory

There are now many groups which glean, harvest, collect, rescue, or recover fruit or produce for charitable purposes.  The geographic list below is incomplete but may help site visitors locate a group in their location, either to donate their extra fruit/produce or to volunteer.

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Harvesting / Gleaning Programs Directory

California

  • Alameda, CA: Alameda Backyard Growers is an all volunteer group who helps to harvest extra fruit from backyards in Alameda and donate it to the Alameda Food Bank. Fruit donors or volunteers should contact (510) 239-PICK or alamedabackyardgrowers@gmail.com.
  • Berkeley, CA: North Berkeley Harvest is an unofficial group of friends and volunteers who pick and share fruit with local food initiatives.  (510) 812-3369 or northberkeleyharvest@gmail.com
  • Fresno, CA: Fresno Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR) coordinates Citrus Saturdays from January - March and is interested in developing year-round gleaning efforts.  (559)456-4151/mailbox#2.
  • Lafayette, CA and Contra Costa County: The Urban Farmers . All-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that harvests backyard fruit for the needy (and along the way do a few other related things like plant and maintain fruit trees).
  • Long Beach, CA: SoCal Harvest is a volunteer organization in Long Beach, established in January 2009, to allow home gardeners to share extra produce and fruit with needy local families.
  • Los Angeles, CAFood Forward is an all volunteer grassroots group who care about reconnecting to the food system and making change around urban hunger. Several times a month they convene at a private property and glean excess fruit for local food pantries.
  • Modesto, CA: Harvesting Futures is a youth development program which includes gleaning fruit from backyard trees in 2 neighborhoods from January through March to supplement local food pantries and food banks in Stanislaus County. The program hopes to expand to more neighborhoods and local growers year round.  A program of the Center for Human Services, 209-526-1476 or  www.centerforhumanservices.org.
  • Oakland, CA: Oakland Fruit is a fruit harvesting project of Growing Together, a non-profit that plants trees in Oakland for peace and food justice. oaklandfruit@gmail.com or (925) 421-6516.
  • Orange County, CA: The Harvest Club is a volunteer group that helps people primarily in the Huntington Beach/Costa Mesa/Fountain Valley areas who have excess produce, then passes it on to local nonprofits.  Contact through the web site, info@theharvestclub.org, or (714)-564-9525 to volunteer or offer extra backyard fruit or vegetables.
  • Sacramento, CAHarvest Sacramento is a collaborative volunteer effort started in 2009 to harvest fruit and vegetables from backyards and small orchards and donate it to local food agencies. (530) 204-8082, harvestsacramento@gmail.com
  • Sacramento, CASenior Gleaners, This volunteer run organization gleans from farmers, packing houses, regional supermarkets, and other suppliers to supplement the nutritional needs of the hungry in the Sacramento region.  (916) 925-3240.
  • San Diego, CASenior Gleaners, are all volunteers of 55 years of age and over.  They volunteer their time and labor in gleaning surplus food from gardens, fields, groves and regional supermarkets to supplement the hungry and poor.  (619) 582-2299.
  • San Diego, CA: Harvest C.R.O.P.S. is a nonprofit organization in Lemon Grove harvesting residential trees in East San Diego County to help feed low income families and seniors. (619) 318-3423, info@harvestcrops.org .
  • Greater San Francisco Bay Area: Village Harvest is an 12-year old nonprofit volunteer organization harvesting extra fruit from backyards and small orchards to provide food for the hungry, and providing education on fruit tree care, harvesting, and using fruit. Volunteers have picked over 1.5 million pounds to date for local food agencies.  Headquartered in San Jose but with volunteer teams serving communities in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Yolo Counties.  www.villageharvest.org , (888) FRUIT-411 (888-378-4841).
  • San Francisco, CA: The Urban Gleaning Program of the city Department of Public Works helps residents and businesses collect food grown from trees and community gardens for distribution to food banks, shelters, and meal programs. Sign up and register your trees through the web site link; the program will provide supplies and assistance.
  • San Luis Obispo CountyGleanSLO picks excess fruits and vegetables from commercial farms, small orchards, backyards, and farmer's market for the benefit of the community. gleanslo@slofoodbank.org, cell (805) 835-3750,  or office (805) 238-4664.
  • Santa Barbara, CABackyard Bounty is a program of the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County, harvesting fruits and vegetables from private properties in the area and distributing to those in need.  Doug Hagensen, doug@foodbanksbc.org, (805) 284-5407 .
  • Vallejo, CA: Food Rescue is a community fruit tree harvesting and food rescue program operaing in the Vallejo area. Contact (707) 853-2267 or food.rescue@yahoo.com .
  • Woodland, CA:  Woodland Community Harvest (Yolo County) is a collaborative volunteer effort to harvest fruit and vegetables from backyards, small orchards, and food packers and donate it to local food agencies to feed the hungry. WCHarvest@yahoo.com, (916) 769-7193, or (530) 908-3972.

Oregon

  • Ashland, OR: Neighborhood Harvest is an organization dedicated to harvesting fruit and nuts that would otherwise go to waste from people's yards in and around Ashland.  (541) 488-8777, info@neighborhoodharvest.org
  • Portland, ORPortland Fruit Tree Project is a grass-roots non-profit organization that registers fruit and nut trees, brings people together to harvest and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruit each year, and teaches tree care and food preservation in hands-on workshops.
  • Salem, ORSalem Harvest is a non-profit organization that connects farmers and backyard growers with volunteer pickers to harvest fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste, sharing the bounty between food pantries and participating volunteers. For more information, visit the web site or contact abay@salemharvest.org.

Washington

  • Seattle: City Fruit (cityfruit.org). Helping tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promote sharing, and work to protect urban fruit trees.
  • Spokane: The Spokane Edible Tree Project, started in 2013, educates the community on tree care and collects and donates fresh fruit for those in need.  volunteer@spokaneedibletreeproject.org or (509) 998-668.

Other West

  • Tucson, AZ: Iskashitaa Refugee Network is a nonprofit whose mission is to assist refugees. In the Harvesting Tucson program, volunteers work with refugees to harvest and distribute over 100,000 lbs annually from local backyards, farms, and orchards to benefit food-insecure families. information@iskashitaa.org or (520) 440-0100
  • Maui, HI: Waste Not Want Not is a group collecting unwanted fruit for distribution to those in need on Maui. (808) 874-8038
  • Moscow and Lewiston, ID: The Backyard Harvest collects fresh fruit and vegetables for local food banks and meal programs. 
  • Victoria BC, CanadaThe Fruit Tree Project, harvests small orchards and backyard trees for the hungry and to share amongst their volunteers.  (604) 873-1191

East

  • Baltimore, MD:  The Baltimore Orchard Project is an organization that gleans fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it to those in need, and plants trees for the benefit of the community. NinaBeth@baltimoreorchard.org or (410) 695-3445
  • Tampa, FLPhilanthroPicks is a nonprofit volunteer organization focusing on providing food for the hungry.  info@Philanthropicks.org (877) 238-3109
  • Lexington, KYFaith Feeds seeks to alleviate hunger in Kentucky through provision of fresh fruit and vegitables to people who are hungry..
  • Floyd, VA: Plenty! accepts surplus from farmers and gardeners to take to neighbors without transportation. They also need volunteers to deliver or to glean. Contact Karen Day at plenty@swva.net