How to Help

 

Join our Gleaning Team. We glean wherever there is healthy, fresh produce to be harvested in Sonoma County. Volunteers receive an email from us when there is a gleaning opportunity in their area, typically once a week for two to three hours. There is no obligation except to RSVP and to let us know as soon as possible if plans change. Volunteers supply their own gloves, waterproof shoes or boots and transportation to a carpool site. Carpools currently meet in Healdsburg and Sebastopol.

Volunteer your farm, garden, orchard, or tree to be gleaned. Anyone who has ever had a garden or orchard has had more produce than they can eat, can or give away. Too much ends up wasted — falling to the ground or rotting on the vine. Our gleaning teams are here to help! Let us know as soon as possible that you expect to have extra fruit or vegetables and we will schedule a convenient time for our volunteers to come to you, pick the surplus produce and then deliver it to a local food pantry for distribution to families in need. We will provide the ladders, boxes and pickers.

The Emerson Good Samaritan Law (HR2428) passed in 1996 limits the liability of the property owner and gleaners for food donated in good faith for charitable donation. Furthermore, each member of our gleaning team signs a release form and liability waiver.

Be a Garden to Pantry volunteer. Plant a garden, offer to donate any portion of your harvest to a local food pantry, shelter or soup kitchen and we will provide you with guidance, advice, and gleaning help should you need it.

Become a Market to Pantry volunteer. Donate a few hours a week to your local Farmer’s Market – collect any donated or unsold produce at the end of the market and deliver it to the local food pantry.

Where you can take your produce:

Healdsburg
Healdsburg Food Pantry
1505 Healdsburg Avenue
M-F  9-11 am
433-3663

Forestville
Food for Thought
6550 Railroad Avenue
Tues-Saturday 10-5pm
887-1647

Santa Rosa
Redwood Gospel Mission
101 6th Street/Wilson
Everyday  8 am - 8 pm
542-4817

Sebstopol
Sebastopol Interchurch Food Pantry & Assembly of God
500 Robinson Road
MWFSat 10-12
823-2483

 

 

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