Senior Gleaners of San Diego County

Volunteers, ages 55 and older, glean surplus food from fields, groves, backyards, stores and restaurants. This food is distributed to non-profit agencies that feed the hungry throughout San Diego County.

Currently the organization numbers about 50 active gleaners with ages ranging from 55 into their 80s. We have no paid staff. The group has two functions:

1. Gleaning produce one morning a week from donors throughout San Diego County. One group specializes in large groves and farms in the North County area while a second group focuses on donations of all sizes (even 1 or 2 backyard trees in some cases) primarily in South and East County locations.

2. Gleaning unsold bakery products and a wide variety of other food products every day of the week from grocers, restaurants and fast food outlets, primarily in the greater San Diego city area.

How our donations are distributed

Gleaned food is distributed to more than 40 food-giving agencies in the county. Only those with low incomes are eligible for this food. None of it is ever sold. Recipient groups include churches, food pantries, senior meal providers, a teen residence and residents in low income housing. Some of the recipient organizations serve as umbrella agencies sharing with smaller food distributors.

 Contact Senior Gleaners and visit their webpage at :

To arrange for gleaning of fruit, or questions abut volunteering:

619-633-9180, or email at, or the "Contact Us" page