There are 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. Groups listed may or may not be official 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
- 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 (7425) or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Davis, CA: Community Harvest of Davis (formerly the Davis team of Village Harvest) is a nonprofit organization, run entirely by volunteers, that harvests fruit from residential trees and donates it to agencies that feed people in need. (530) 759-9792.
- Fresno, CA: Fresno Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR) coordinates Citrus Saturdays, and the website includes a listing of food pantries and community organizations that accept fruit and produce donations.
- Healdsburg, CA:
- Farm to Pantry is a volunteer organization that gleans in Sonoma County, California. email@example.com
- Sonoma County Gleaners is a volunteer organization that harvests surplus produce in Sonoma County, California. 760-880-0518 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook: Sonoma County Gleaners.
- Long Beach, CA: Harvest Partners LB, formerly SoCal Harvest, is a backyard/urban fruit rescue program that harvests and donates to local food pantries in Long Beach. email@example.com
- Los Angeles, CA: Food Forward staff and volunteers rescue surplus produce each week from fruit trees, farmers markets and the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and donate to hunger relief agencies across 8 counties in Southern California.
- Marin County, CA: Share the Bounty Marin is an informal effort of youthful Tiburon residents to help share abundant fruit and produce from homes with the local food bank. Pick up service, drop off locations, and harvesting services may be available, and additional volunteers are needed.
- Merced, CA: Merced County Gleaning "Picking for Purpose" is a gleaning project of the Merced County Food Bank started in 2017 to collect fresh fruit and vegetables from local homes and farms to reduce hunger and food waste. Sign up through the website.
- Nevada City, CA: Sierra Harvest operates a gleaning program in California's Gold Country Their mission is to educate, inspire and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food. firstname.lastname@example.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. email@example.com or (925) 421-6516.
- Petaluma, CA: Petaluma Bounty started in 2008 and is a community-based nonprofit that is helping folks to grow their own healthy food, redistributing surplus food, and providing affordable fresh food to low-income families and seniors. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sacramento, CA:
- Harvest 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, email@example.com
- Find Out Farms is a gleaning organization in the Sacramento Area that started with a free fruit farmstand. firstname.lastname@example.org
- San Diego, CA:
- Senior Gleaners of San Diego County are volunteers of 55 years of age and over who glean surplus food from fields, groves, backyards, stores, and restaurants to distribute to nonprofit agencies that feed the hungry throughout San Diego County. (619) 633-9180, SDGleaners@aol.com.
- ProduceGood is a gleaning group in San Diego County that picks excess fruit from residential orchards, and partners with Feeding America San Diego and the San Diego Food Bank. Website Contact page.
- Greater San Francisco Bay Area: Village Harvest is a 20 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 more than 3 million pounds for local food agencies. Headquartered in San Jose but with volunteer teams serving communities in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. www.villageharvest.org , (888) FRUIT-411 (888-378-4841).
- San Francisco, CA: The Urban Harvesting 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 County: GleanSLO picks excess fruits and vegetables from commercial farms, small orchards, backyards, and farmer's market for the benefit of the community. email@example.com, cell (805) 835-3750, or office (805) 238-4664.
- Santa Barbara, CA: Backyard 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. firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 403-8327
- Santa Cruz, CA: The Grey Bears Glean Team supports their Healthy Food Program by picking produce or fruit from your farm, garden or orchard. Contact (831) 479-1055.
- Stockton, CA: Harvester Farms harvests fruit and nut trees in the Stockton area and donates to local food agencies. Contact (209) 808-3375 or Website Contact Page
- Ventura County CA: Food Forward rescues surplus produce each week from fruit trees, farmers markets and the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and donates to hunger relief agencies, including in Ventura County. Ventura contact (805) 630-2728 and email@example.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.
- 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) 708-1807, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Portland, OR: Portland 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, OR: Salem 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 email@example.com.
- Pullman and Clarkston, WA: Backyard Harvest collects fresh fruit and vegetables for local food banks and meal programs for families and individuals in need across the Palouse and Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
- Seattle, WA: 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, WA: The Spokane Edible Tree Project, started in 2013, educates the community on tree care and collects and donates fresh fruit for those in need. firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 998-668.
- 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. email@example.com or (520) 440-0100
- Moscow and Lewiston, ID: Backyard Harvest collects fresh fruit and vegetables for local food banks and meal programs for families and individuals in need across the Palouse and Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
- Victoria BC, Canada: The Fruit Tree Project, harvests small orchards and backyard trees for the hungry and to share amongst their volunteers. (604) 873-1191
- Kansas City, KS and MO Area: After the Harvest is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that works with produce industry partners to provide fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables to feed people in need in Missouri and Kansas. firstname.lastname@example.org, (816) 921-1903.
- 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
- Lexington, KY: Faith Feeds seeks to alleviate hunger in Kentucky through provision of fresh fruit and vegitables to people who are hungry..
- New Hampshire: NH Gleans is a network of 6 organizations working to increase the availability of fresh and local produce that is distributed to and through New Hampshire food pantries, soup kitchens, community suppers and schools.
- Keene, NH: The Gleaning Program of The Community Kitchen collects produce from local farms and charitable gardens.
- 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 email@example.com
- Berlin, VT: Community Harvest of Central Vermont is a grassroots volunteer-driven community service program which works with local farms to provide healthy food for people in need and to reduce food waste. firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 229-4281
- Multiple states: Society of St. Andrew volunteers from congregations, groups, and individuals glean farms statewide in 11 southeastern states and in multi-county areas of 16 other eastern and central states (see website for locations). SOSA also works with people across the 48 contiguous United States to assist them in developing gleaning programs in their local areas.