Gleaning in the 805

11.6.17 – Food Forward partnered with gleaning organizations in the 805 region for #Glean805, a collaborative effort that helped to recover tens of thousands of pounds of food for those in need.

Glean805 is an annual collaboration between local gleaning groups throughout the 805 region including GleanSLO, Santa Barbara’s Backyard Bounty, Santa Ynez Fruit and Veggie Rescue, FOOD Share Ventura, and Food Forward Ventura County. The organizations partner over nine days in October to raise awareness of gleaning efforts across San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

Events held between World Food Day on October 16 and National Food Day on October 24 this year resulted in area gleaning organizations recovering over 20,000 of pounds of food that would otherwise go to waste. This translates to over 80,000 servings being donated it to people in need in our communities.

In Ventura County, Food Forward recovered 2,080 pounds from seven fruit picks; 2,154 pounds from four Farmers Market Recovery events; and 6,166 pounds from Wholesale Recovery collections. That’s a total of 10,400 pounds – or 41,6000 servings – during the nine day period.

The 805 is an area of agricultural abundance, yet there are many people that go hungry. Gleaning is an opportunity for communities to come together and help fight hunger right in their own backyards, while connecting with their neighbors, reducing food waste, and creating a healthier community. Every year, millions of pounds of food go unharvested in fields and neighborhoods across our region.

To get involved in gleaning efforts in Ventura County, visit our volunteer calendar.

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