California Gleaning & Food Recovery Organizations

All States Nationwide

Ag Against Hunger

Salinas, CA based organization that recovers surplus crops and food from farmers and food shippers for distribution to food banks and like organizations. The website includes information for volunteers and donors.

1355 Abbott St, Salinas, CA 93901 Gleaning Type: Food recovery, Distribution Organization Type: Nonprofit

Alameda Backyard Growers

Alameda, CA based nonprofit that maintains a network of gardeners who share information and resources and donate surplus produce to Alameda Food Bank. The website includes information for volunteers, gardeners and donors.

2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA 94501 Gleaning Type: On-farm, Residential Organization Type: Nonprofit

Backyard Bounty

Backyard Bounty is a volunteer-powered gleaning program of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. We work with gardeners and farmers to keep fresh local produce from going to waste. From southern Santa Barbara County's citrus and avocado orchards to north county's rich vegetable and strawberry fields we work to make sure everybody in our community has access to healthy fruits and vegetables grown in our own back yard.

490 W Foster Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455 Gleaning Type: Urban, Food recovery Organization Type: Nonprofit, All volunteer

Backyard Produce Project

The Backyard Produce Project consists of volunteer teams who glean from backyard fruit trees. The fruit gleaned is distributed throughout the San Diego area to help combat food insecurity and increase access to fresh produce.

16916 Hierba Dr #263, San Diego, CA 92128 Gleaning Type: Distribution, Urban, On-farm, Residential Organization Type: Nonprofit, All volunteer

Donate Don’t Dump

A nonprofit with 20 chapters in four states, which is managed by youth advocates and focused on rescuing surplus food for needy communities. The website includes information for volunteers, donors, and others.

No physical address Gleaning Type: Urban, Food recovery Organization Type: Nonprofit

Extra Food

Extra Food picks up excess fresh food from organizations and immediately deliver it to nonprofits serving Marinas most vulnerable children, adults, and families. Information available for volunteers, donors, and food recipients.

907 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Kentfield, CA 94904 Gleaning Type: Urban, Food recovery, Distribution Organization Type: Nonprofit, Paid staff

Farm to Pantry

Farm to Pantry strives to foster community through sharing healthy food. They have volunteer teams who glean in the Healdsburg area and aid in distrubting the gleaned produce through various outlets, such as food banks.

No physical address Gleaning Type: On-farm, Food recovery, Distribution, Urban Organization Type: Nonprofit

Find Out Farms

Find Out Farms is a scrappy little project that is determined to make a positive change in the world around us.We care deeply about food, ecology, and learning.Our Community Fruit program gets thousands of pounds of fruit in the Sacramento region to folks that appreciate it.

No physical address Gleaning Type: Food recovery Organization Type: Nonprofit, No formal structure

Food Forward

Los Angeles, CA-based nonprofit organization that plans gleanings from fruit trees, farmers markets, farmers, and wholesale markets for distribution to local hunger relief organizations. Food Forward has distributed over 120 million pounds of surplus fruits and vegetables since its founding in 2009. The website includes information for volunteers, property owners, donors, and others.

7412 Fulton Ave #3, North Hollywood, CA 91605 Gleaning Type: Urban, Farmers markets, On-farm, Food recovery Organization Type: Nonprofit

Food From The Heart

Food From The Heart is a Santa Barbara, CA based non-profit that accepts gleaned produce. They work to utilze the produce to create nutrious meals that are delivered throughout the community who are dealing with medical-related issues.

909 N La Cumbre Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110 Gleaning Type: Food recovery, Distribution, Other support (software, management, etc.) Organization Type: Nonprofit

Food Runners

San Francisco Bay, CA based nonprofit that collects perishable and prepared food from restaurants, hospitals, caterers and others and delivers it directly to local hunger relief programs. The website includes information for food donors, volunteers and community members.

2579 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94115 Gleaning Type: Urban, Food recovery Organization Type: Nonprofit

FOODShare

Ventura County, CA based nonprofit that runs a gleaning program encouraging on-farm and backyard gleaning and distributes the food through partner organizations. The website includes information for volunteers, food donors and others.

4156 Southbank Road, Oxnard, CA 93036 Gleaning Type: On-farm, Residential, Distribution Organization Type: Nonprofit

Gleanings for the Hungry

Sultana, CA nonprofit Christian organization that dries fruit, repackages food and creates soup mixes from donated dehydrated ingredients. The website includes information for volunteers, donors, religious groups, and others.

43029 Rd 104, Dinuba, CA 93618 Gleaning Type: Food recovery, Other support (software, management, etc.) Organization Type: Nonprofit, Religious affiliation

GleanSLO

San Luis Obispo, CA based organization that gleans from farms, fields and orchards which have registered with their organization. Gleaned foods are redistributed to the food insecure through the Food Bank Coalition. The website includes information for volunteers, food donors and others.

1180 Kendall Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Gleaning Type: On-farm, Distribution Organization Type: Nonprofit

Harvest CROPS

Harvest CROPS is a San Diego, CA based gleaning organization that focuses primarily on backyard fruit trees. This produce is then redistributed throughout the community at various locations, such as residential care homes and food pantries. They have a strong volunteer base of adolescents and young families who are committed to reducing food waste.

No physical address Gleaning Type: Residential, Distribution Organization Type: Nonprofit

Harvest Davis

Community Harvest of Davis (formerly Village Harvest Davis) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, run entirely by volunteers, that harvests fruit from residential trees and donates it to agencies that feed people in need. We harvest in Davis and donate fruit to Davis agencies, primarily STEAC (Short Term Emergency Aid Committee), with any excess going to the Food Bank of Yolo County and to local churches.

No physical address Gleaning Type: Residential Organization Type: Nonprofit, All volunteer

Harvest Sacramento

Harvest Sacramento is an initiative of SoilBorn Farms. The goal is to harvest surplus fruit and veggies from backyard gardens and micro-orchards. All gleaned produce is donated and distributed through hunger relief organizations.

2140 Chase Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 Gleaning Type: Residential, Distribution Organization Type: Nonprofit

Hidden Harvest

Coachella, CA based nonprofit organization that has been deemed a "blue chip investment" because of its program that employs the working poor at a liveable wage to glean from local farms and orchards for distribution to needy seniors, children, after school programs, food banks, and pantries. The website provides information for donors, food recipients, and others.

85711 Peter Rabbit Ln, Coachella, CA 92236 Gleaning Type: On-farm, Distribution, Urban Organization Type: Nonprofit

I Love to Glean – South County Food Hub

I Love to Glean is a non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of partnering with others to facilitate countywide food recovery systems that increase the capacity for recovery and distribution of otherwise wasted food to agencies serving those in need. We work directly with feeding agencies and kitchens who then distribute to end clients.

No physical address Gleaning Type: Food recovery, Residential Organization Type: Nonprofit

Peninsula Food Runners

San Francisco, CA-based nonprofit that works to reduce food insecurity in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The organization picks up surplus food from restaurants, wholesalers, bakeries, and other vendors and delivers it to food shelters and other organizations. The website includes information for volunteers, donors and recipient organizations.

No physical address Gleaning Type: Food recovery, Distribution, Urban Organization Type: Nonprofit, Paid staff

ProduceGood

ProduceGood is a San Diego-based food recovery non-profit that has been harvesting excess fresh produce from orchards, farmers markets and small farms since 2014.

No physical address Gleaning Type: On-farm, Urban, Farmers markets Organization Type: Nonprofit

Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project

Santa Cruz, CA based organization that runs a Backyard Harvest Program and a Fruit Sharing Network, which connect residents with fruit trees to volunteer gleaners. The harvest is split between volunteers and hunger relief organizations. The website includes information for volunteers, donors and community members.

703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Gleaning Type: Residential, Urban Organization Type: Nonprofit

Senior Gleaners of San Diego County

Volunteers, ages 55 and older, glean surplus food from fields, groves, backyards, and stores. Since 1994, the nonprofit organization has donated tons of food annually to local agencies that feed the hungry. Senior Gleaners is affiliated with the San Diego County Office of Aging and Independent Services. The group has two functions:1. Gleaning produce from residential donors throughout San Diego County. Small crews work in most areas of the county.2. Gleaning unsold grocery products from grocers in Central, South and East County locations.

No physical address Gleaning Type: Food recovery, Distribution, On-farm, Residential Organization Type: Nonprofit

Sierra Harvest

Sierra Harvest was founded in 2017 and is based in Nevada City California. They glean from farms and backyards in Nevada County. Volunteers help harvest and distribute produce from March to December.

313 Railroad Ave #201, Nevada City, CA 95959 Gleaning Type: On-farm, Residential, Distribution Organization Type: Nonprofit

Sonoma County Gleaners

Sonoma County Gleaners is a Sonoma County-based nonprofit that gleans surplus fruit and vegetables from farms and backyards for distribution to local hunger relief organizations, schools, and low-income housing complexes. Volunteer/donor information is on our website.

523 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448 Gleaning Type: On-farm, Distribution, Residential Organization Type: Nonprofit

Sprial Gardens Community Food Security Project

Southwest Berkeley, CA based nonprofit organization that runs a Community Harvest Project to help homeowners and community members glean fruit from private and community grounds. The website includes information for volunteers and homeowners.

2838 Sacramento St., Berkeley, CA 94702 Gleaning Type: Urban, Residential, Food recovery Organization Type: Nonprofit

The Food Bank for Humboldt County (Food For People)

Eureka, CA based nonprofit that gleans through their Local Food Resources Program. Surplus food is recovered from 49 local farms, ranches and orchards for distribution to the food insecure, and homeowners can register their fruit trees for harvest. The website includes information for volunteers, donors and food recipients.

2112 Broadway St, Eureka, CA 95501 Gleaning Type: On-farm, Residential Organization Type: Nonprofit

The Urban Gleaning Program

The Urban Gleaning Program operates throughout the San Francisco area. They utlize volunteers to harvest and redistribute excess produce from backyard fruit trees and community gardens.

2323 Cesar Chavez St, San Francisco, CA 94124 Gleaning Type: Distribution, Urban, On-farm Organization Type: Nonprofit, Paid staff

Veggie Rescue

Santa Ynez, CA nonprofit that gleans produce from farms, farmers markets, gardens and orchards and delivers to hunger relief and school lunch programs. The organization serves Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and Santa Maria. The website includes information for volunteers, donors and community members.

No physical address Gleaning Type: On-farm, Farmers markets, Urban Organization Type: Nonprofit

Village Harvest

San Francisco, CA based nonprofit organization that gleans from backyard fruit trees and community orchards for delivery to local hunger relief organizations. The website includes information for volunteers and tree owners.

San Jose, CA Gleaning Type: Residential, Urban Organization Type: Nonprofit

White Pony Express

The nonprofit organization partners with grocery stores, farmers markets, school lunch providers and other food retailers to pick up and deliver high-quality surplus food to local hunger-relief organizations. Information is available for volunteers, partner organizations, and others.

3380 Vincent Rd #107, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Gleaning Type: Urban, Farmers markets, Food recovery, Distribution Organization Type: Nonprofit