October 2016
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Rescuing nature's bounty for the benefit of our community

One Million Pounds!

It’s a milestone when a business reaches its first million, but what about when you GLEAN your millionth pound? We call that revolutionary! GleanSLO is beyond happy to say that we have successfully gleaned our millionth pound since our inception in 2010! None of this would have been possible without our incredible team of volunteers who have donated dozens of thousands of hours. More than 2,000 community members participated in this important work and continue to rescue produce that would have otherwise gone to waste. Nearly 400 farmers and home gardeners have donated their produce to feed more than 46,000 neighbors in San Luis Obispo County. Each piece of produce was picked with love by our community, for our community. Many hands make light work! 
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Welcome Dylan, GleanSLO AmeriCorps Fellow!
Dylan is our new volunteer coordinator! He is in charge of building and maintaining our volunteer infrastructure. 

"My favorite part about GleanSLO is the backyard harvests. Homeowners love knowing that their yard’s bounty is distributed locally to those in need. It’s always impressive doing the large gleans and seeing the massive amounts of produce brought in. The largest glean I’ve been a part of was 4,300 pounds of apples! Whether large or small, our gleans provide nutritious produce to our food insecure residents and serve as community building moments. I love to be a part of this process."
-Dylan Jones 

Check out our blog to continue reading Dylan's interview by Carolyn Eicher and Roxanne Sanders. (Photography by Carolyn Eicher).

Johnny AppleGlean
We anticipate gleaning apples into November which means, you still have time to soak up the autumn weather with us in See Canyon. We have gleaned over 30,000 pounds of apples with many more to go.  Please check out our harvest calendar for future gleans. We can’t wait to see you there!

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GleanSLO is moving!  
The SLO County Food Bank is moving all of their programs and operations under one roof, including GleanSLO! Starting November 1st our new location will therefore be: 1180 Kendall Rd, San Luis Obspo, CA 93401. Stay tuned for more information and an invitation for a tour!
Produce Gleaned this month!
Over the last month we have gleaned nearly 30 different varieties of produce!
Totaling over 38,000 pounds, some of our favorites include pineapple guava, potatoes, figs, lima beans and green beans!
We need your berry baskets!
GleanSLO is always on the hunt for washed berry baskets and plastic clamshells for our berry and cherry tomato gleans. We would appreciate any extras you may have. Feel free to drop them off at our new warehouse after November 3rd at 1180 Kendall Road in San Luis Obispo! 
Hunger Walk + 5k
Thank you to everyone who came out and walked with us in the rain! Every step was a step toward ending hunger. We especially want to thank Jude Coren and Dave Ward for organizing a team of amazing donors and supporters, all who generously donated to our fundraising page! Together, over $2,000 was raised and every penny allows us to continue to improve our program. We are so grateful for the GleanSLO community!
Help GleanSLO win $5,000!
Show your love for GleanSLO by voting for us in the Pacific Eye Challenge to help us win $5,000! Here are some of the ways we would use these funds: 
  • $25 Supports one Farmers' Market Collection
  • $50 Buys one harvest bag
  • $100 Purchases harvest sleeves for 10 gleaners 
  • $250 Pays for staffing and transport at one large glean
  • $500 Provides $5,000 worth of fresh food 
  • $1000 Equips each Harvest Leader with a kit full of supplies to rescue fruit regionally 
  • $2500 Purchase promotional materials 
  • $5000 Sustains GleanSLO's ability to rescue nature's bounty for the benefit of our community
Three easy ways you can vote for GleanSLO:
  1. Facebook:
  2. Website:
  3. In Person: 3855 Broad St, Ste B, San Luis Obispo, California
Turkey Drive
Since we don’t glean turkeys…come and volunteer with us at our Turkey Drive! We are looking for volunteers to stand outside certain  grocery stores to collect donations on Thursday, November 17th, from 7am- 7pm. Shifts are at minimum two hours long. A Food Bank refrigerated truck will be in the store parking lot waiting to be filled with turkeys! Each turkey or canned good donation will go to providing a Thanksgiving meal for a local family.  Locations: California Fresh Market-Pismo Beach, California Fresh Market-San Luis Obispo, Albertsons-Paso Robles
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Stay Connected:

September & October Produce Donors
Thank you:

Baker Family
Cal Poly Hort/Crop Science
Collins Family
Cortez Farms
Firstfruits Farm
Hernandez Family
Hunt Family Farms
Ikeda Brothers
Island Farm
Johnson Family
Jonas Family
L & C Smith Groves
Lechuga Family
Mahnken Family
Master Gardeners Demo Garden- UCCE
Plakias Family
Rancho San Miguel Hills
RobinSong Farms
Rutiz Farms
SLO Creek Farms
SLO Farmers Market
Talley Farms
Templeton Farmers Market
Vanherweg Family
Wagner Family
Sally Woelper

GleanSLO's Vision
Through the act of harvesting and sharing food, we connect and nourish our community to build stronger relationships and a deeper appreciation for our food.
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GleanSLO is a program of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County | 

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