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Farmers, volunteers collect surplus produce to give to the hungry

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The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County and Glean SLO are teaming up to bring fresh produce to people in need. 

The effort is part of a project called Glean 805. 

Gleaning is the practice of collecting leftover or unused produce from farms, gardens and farmers' markets and passing that food along to the hungry. 

From October 16-24, the food bank and Glean SLO will host events to get the community involving in the gleaning movement. 

Several events are scheduled across the Tri-county area. 

In San Luis Obispo County, Glean SLO will harvest surplus produce at local farms and gardens throughout the month. Click here for a calendar of gleaning events

In Santa Barbara County, the volunteer group Backyard Bounty is spearheading a gleaning effort at Santa Barbara farmers' markets. Click here for details on how to get involved. Farmers in Santa Ynez Valley are stepping up to save leftover fruits and veggies. Click here for more info how to get involved with the Veggie Rescue. 

In Ventura County, FoodShare Ventura is accepted donations on weekdays. Click here for details. Another volunteer group, Food Forward, is also working to recover 20,000 pounds of produce each month. Click here for info on how to help them out. 

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