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Surplus crops and volunteers needed in Fallbrook area

FALLBROOK – Senior Gleaners of San Diego County, a volunteer organization with a mission to address community hunger, is available to the Fallbrook area with local volunteers.

Joe Strasser of Fallbrook joined its board of directors earlier this year. Strasser serves as the local crew leader. He is working closely with local food distributors, such as the Fallbrook Food Pantry.

The group needs more volunteers and donations of surplus fruit for them to pick. The group specializes in citrus and avocados but will consider other crops as well. They have a 100-pound minimum limit but can help people with small quantities find local places to take it.

Most gleaners volunteer 3-4 hours one day per week, but there are no required minimum commitments. People unable to pick can deliver boxed fruit in their own vehicle and help with administrative tasks.

Fruit donors should contact the gleaners two to three weeks before they think their fruit may be ready. Near the picking date, they should confirm ripeness by tasting the fruit. Having volunteers pick the fruit means less work to pick and dispose of unwanted fruit and improves the health of the trees.

The donor is given a receipt showing the amount donated for tax deduction purposes. Food donors are protected by the federal Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and Senior Gleaners liability insurance.

To learn more about the group, to register as a volunteer or request to have excess fruit picked at no charge by a gleaning crew, or to donate, call 619-633-9180, email [email protected], or visit

Submitted by Senior Gleaners of San Diego County.


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