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Rescuing Nature's Bounty for the Benefit of Our Community

The GleanSLO 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.

Don't Have Time To Help?

Consider donating to GleanSLO using our wishlist!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 24th 10AM-12PM
Harvest Leader Training

Friday, June 3rd 7AM-7PM
Hunger Awareness Day
Downtown SLO

Sunday, June 12th 2PM-4PM
GleanSLO Community Appreciation Event
Garden of the Seven Sisters, 2156 Sierra Way SLO
Get (more) Involved!

Whether you're a first time gleaner or a veteran looking to step up your gleaning game, e-mail Volunteer Coordinator Emily Wilson, to find out how to get (even more) involved with GleanSLO.

Stay Connected!

We Want Your Feedback! 

Questions? Concerns? Great Stories? Photos? Send 'em our way! We'd love to hear from you about what we're doing well, how we could do better, ideas you have or experiences you've had with GleanSLO. 
Donate Now!

Thank you
to our recent 
produce donors!

Talley Farms
Thursday SLO Farmers Market
Cal Poly Horticulture & Crops Science Unit
Bill Hidgon
Dan Melton of SLO VEG
Dana Creek Homeowners Association
L & C Smith Groves
Cal Poly Organic Farm
Island Farms
Mary Wainscott
Ikeda Brothers
Greenbase Antiques
Jacqueline and Michael
Our Global Family Farm
Check out our upcoming gleans!
Visit the GleanSLO Harvest Calendar

Hunger Awareness Day

June 3rd is Hunger Awareness Day
in SLO County!

Hunger Awareness Day was born out of the need to generate income to cover food costs at the Food Bank Coalition during a time of year when people don't think as much about those in need as we do during the holiday season. And the idea behind the event is simple; if everyone in SLO county gave just one dollar, the food bank would be able to provide food for the hungry through the entire year.
So why donate dollars instead of food? Because with every $1 donated, the Food Bank can provide $10 worth of nutritious food to those in need. This multiplayer effect is possible thanks to our volunteers, donors, the fact that over 6 million pounds of food is rescued on an annual basis, and partnerships with other food banks and organizations like California Association of Food Banks.

For more information visit:

Tea in the Garden

GleanSLO is having a garden party for you!

In honor of our dedicated community of volunteers, donors, and community members that make our program possible, we're hosting a garden party on Sunday, June 12th from 2PM-4PM at the Garden of the Seven Sisters in SLO (2156 Sierra Way)! We would love for you to join us for tea, snacks, garden tours, sunshine, good company, and more. If you have any questions, email Emily Wilson at

Tons of Gold(en) Beets

GleanSLO volunteers harvested over two tons of golden beets this April!

This past month, over the course of two gleans, our volunteers harvested 4,421 lbs of golden beets to be distributed throughout the county. A big thank you to Talley Farms for their continued support and to our amazing volunteers who are always there to lend extra hands.

In honor of the gold rush, we've picked out a few recipes for your beet needs;

For something fresh- Golden Beet and Carrot Slaw with Pistachios and Raisins
For something simpler- Lemon and Herb Roasted Beets
Or for something sweet- Beet Poppy Seed Muffins
You can also use golden beets as you would red beets, in salads, soups, and integrated into baked goods. 

Getting Kids Stoked on Food

An interview with Heather Donovan, Children's Programs Manager at the 
SLO Food Bank!

GleanSLO staff is often asked how our gleaned produce is distributed. There are many answers to that question, which includes more than 100 monthly distributions county wide and direct distribution to Food Bank Partner Agencies. This month we wanted to focus on one unique type of distribution where gleaned produce is going out to our county’s hungry residents. We interviewed Food Bank Children’s Programs Manager Heather Donovan to give some insight on the Food Bank’s Children’s Farmer’s Market Program, which helps distribute our gleaned produce—on the same day as the harvest in some instances—to children at select county schools where 60 percent or more of students qualify for free or reduced lunches. The program has been a great success and it’s a delight to hear stories from Heather about kids getting excited about the specialty crops we harvest such as beets and spaghetti squash. 

To read the entire interview click HERE or visit the GleanSLO blog.

Become a Harvest Leader

GleanSLO is hosting another harvest leader training on May 24th from 10AM-12PM

Having only 2-3 staff members at any given point, GleanSLO relies heavily on the help of harvest leaders to tackle the great abundance in our county. Join our harvest leader program and get equipped to lead harvests on your own! For more information or to RSVP, contact volunteer coordinator Emily Wilson at


GleanSLO is a program of the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County | 
Copyright © 2014 GleanSLO, All rights reserved.

Mailing address:
Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, Attn: GleanSLO
P.O. Box 2070
Paso Robles, CA 93447

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