SLO Food Bank Celebrates 14 Years of GleanSLO Program with Milestone of 3 Million Pounds of Produce Gleaned

San Luis Obispo County, CA – February 2024 – GleanSLO, a food rescue program of the SLO Food Bank, commemorates its 14th anniversary this February with a remarkable achievement: gleaning three million pounds of produce since its inception in 2010.

The GleanSLO program rescues fresh produce that would have gone to waste from local farms, orchards, backyards, and farmers’ markets and redirects it to people in need across SLO County. In its first year, GleanSLO collected a modest 22,000 pounds of produce as a grassroots organization with great aspiration. In 2023, volunteers and staff gleaned over 283,000 pounds of produce in just one year.

The program has rapidly expanded through partnerships with growers and community members, working with 25 farms and over 100 backyard donors last year alone.

“We are immensely proud to have reached the three million pound milestone, and grateful for the hard work and dedication of those who laid the foundation for the success of this program. Each pound we glean represents a nutritious meal on a neighbor’s table, one less pound of waste, and a step toward a more sustainable food system,” said Andrea “Dre” Richards, SLO Food Bank Food Rescue Manager.”We want to thank our incredible crew of volunteers and generous local growers, whose support makes our mission to alleviate hunger a reality.”

Whether you’re interested in volunteering for a glean or donating crops, every contribution makes a difference. Learn more about how you can get involved in food rescue at slofoodbank.org/food-rescue.

About SLO Food Bank

The SLO Food Bank’s mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community. The SLO Food Bank distributes food through direct distributions and a network of nonprofit agency partners. With programs like GleanSLO, the organization continues to lead the fight against hunger and food waste. For more information or to get involved, please visit slofoodbank.org.