***Due to compilations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, gleaning donations are being accepted and arranged on a case by case basis. For more information please contact our Local Food Resources Coordinator Allison Kenney @email or (707)445-3166 ext. 312. ***

The Gleaning Program is one of two programs housed under our Local Food Resources Program. The Gleaning Program typically accesses and harvests donations of between 55,000 and 85,000 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 or have questions about it, contact our Local Food Resources Coordinator via email at or call (707) 445-3166, extension 312.

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 gleaning 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 Jefferson Community Center, 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.

For Farmers and Commercial Growers

Our gleaning staff and volunteers can usually help harvest your crop donation, or we can pick up pre-harvested donations from you. We also welcome drop-offs to our warehouse in Eureka during business hours. From small-scale farms to large operations, we have the capacity to glean any size farm.

How to communicate a crop donation to us:

Please click here to fill out our online gleaning donation form to tell us about a crop donation you'd like to make, or feel free to call our Local Food Resources Coordinator at (707) 445-3166, extension 312 or email @email.

Whare are the laws regarding liability?

Please click here for information about the Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which protects you from liability when you donate food to our non-profit organization.

What types of state tax credits can I recieve for donating my farm crop to a California Food Bank?

Please click here for information about the tax credit for California growers who donate to California food banks.

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.

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