The Gleaning Program is one of two programs housed under our Local Food Resources Program. Last year the Gleaning Program accessed and harvested donations of more than 84,000 lbs of fresh local produce from farms, orchards, ranches, and community members’ backyard gardens. We received surplus fruits, vegetables and meat from dozens of local farms, orchards and ranchers, some of which also plant or raise extra as their way of participating in the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign. Volunteers help harvest a portion of the produce under the supervision of our Local Food Resources Coordinator.
Interested in volunteering with our Gleaning Program?
If you are interested in joining the volunteer gleaning team, click here to register with our Gleaning Program and view upcoming gleans you may be able to assist with. If you have specific questions, give our Local Food Resources Coordinator a call at (707) 445-3166 ext. 312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have fruit trees?
If you have fruit trees on your property and would like to donate some of the fruit to Food for People or have help from our gleaning team for the harvest, please register your trees in our Gleaning database by clicking here. We'll keep in touch with you before your trees ripen to make a harvest plan that works for you.
Plant a Row for the Hungry
Plant a Row for the Hungry is a way for anyone in our community to donate garden-grown produce to our Gleaning Program, from backyard gardens and orchards large and small. Simply drop off your donation at Food for People during business hours, contact us via our online crop donation form, request that volunteers help with a large harvest, or give us a call to find out where you can donate to a food pantry in your community. There are currently 17 pantries in our network, including our on-site Choice Pantry, and the list can be viewed by clicking here. Please visit our Plant a Row Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for useful tips about the program, what we can do for you, and what produce we can or can't accept.
Food for People puts a high priority on distributing fresh fruits and vegetables, which are crucial for good health and preventing diet-related disease. Many of our program participants tell us that they can not afford to include fresh produce in their food budgets, and would not have access to it if it were not for what we provide. We host a free monthly cooking class at the Eureka Co-op, to teach interested program participants how to prepare healthy, low-cost meals using seasonal produce, and we provide healthy recipes with every food distribution program. Learn more about our Nutrition Education program by clicking here.
Locally Delicious Food Fund
If you are interesting in helping us to access fresh, local produce, in turn supporting the local farming community that is so generous to us,consider making a financial contribution to the Locally Delicious Food Fund. Thanks to a partnership with the authors of Locally Delicious: Recipes and Resources for Eating on the North Coast (seen in photo at right), the Locally Delicious Food Fund helps us contract with local farmers to grow high quality organic produce for food bank programs. Produce purchased through the fund supplies our senior and homebound food distribution programs with fresh produce that clients would otherwise be unable to afford. Click here to learn more about the Locally Delicious Food Fund, its history, the authors, and how to get involved.