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Volunteers needed for Glean805 events

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Local gleaning groups are working together to recover thousands of pounds of fresh produce and recruit volunteers to help feed people in need.

SLO Food Bank's GleanSLO, Santa Barbara's Backyard Bounty, Santa Ynez Fruit and Veggie Rescue, FOODShare Ventura, and Ventura County's Food Forward are banding together to form Glean805.

To glean means to gather produce or leftover crops; volunteers and donors help gather fruits and vegetables that were commercially harvested, grown in fields that aren't economically profitable to harvest or come from residents' backyards and might go uneaten. 

Some people don't qualify for food stamps but struggle to fill the fridge. In these cases, food banks and local gleaning organizations work to fill those needs by working with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo to disseminate the food to those who need it.

"We organize them, they go out into orchards or they go out into fields, they harvest perfectly edible food, that then comes back to the food bank and goes out through our distribution programs," said Andrea Keisler, director of programs.

Glean805 accepts volunteers and could use the public's help. If you or someone you know has food to donate or time to spare, head to their website

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