GleanSLO grew from a group of community members coming together in 2010 in search of sharing the amazing bounty here in SLO County. This grassroots effort evolved into a formal program of the Food Bank creating an infrastructure to expand their gleaning yields and broaden their reach. Gleaned produce is distributed throughout the county via an assortment of Food Bank programs including children and senior farmers’ markets, as well as Food Bank agency partners.
In August of 2012, a partnership was formed with the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market along with SLO County Farmers’ Market Association allowing GleanSLO volunteers to collect produce from farmers for distribution the following day at Salvation Army. Since this collaboration in 2012, the GleanSLO volunteers have collected more than 43,000 pounds of fresh produce from Thursday night market alone.
Want to get to know your local farmers AND help feed the hungry? Every week GleanSLO collects leftover produce from the SLO Thursday Night and the Templeton Saturday Farmers’ Markets. Our Collection Leaders engage with farmers, orchestrate volunteers and keep track of poundage and donation receipts. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Emily at email@example.com.
To learn more about Glean SLO visit their website.