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

Dear GleanSLO Supporter,

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and supporters (all you farmers, backyard growers, financial supporters, warehouse food sorters, equipment donors, and everyone in between) who help us improve the health of our community all year long. You have put in nearly 5,000 hours of your time (!!) and rescued over 240,000 pounds of produce this year, putting us over one million pounds of produce gleaned since our inception! This has truly been a great year for GleanSLO, and we’re ready to do it all over again! We hope you’re ready too, because we’ll be needing your help as usual!
Double your impact, double the fruit!

We are happy to announce that a donor has VERY GENEROUSLY offered to match all donations up to $50,000 until December 31st!  If you have ever considered supporting us financially, this is the time to do it. Double your buck! We invite you to consider a gift of any size by December 31st, 2016. Double the impact and help us rescue more fruit for our neighbors in need!

Whether you’re a donor of fruit, vegetables, dollars, or time, your support helps us provide the healthy food and nutritional education that every person needs and deserves. Thank you for sharing our passion in the fight to end hunger, reduce waste, and connect our community.

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Ready to climb the GleanSLO ladder? Become a harvest leader this spring!

We are always looking for more Harvest Leaders to join our ranks. Spring is just around the corner, bringing us into citrus season. As a team of 3-4 staff members, we often rely on the help of Harvest Leaders to meet the great need of our agriculturally abundant county. This past year, approximately 50% of our 700 gleans were led by Harvest Leaders. GleanSLO is a people powered program. We can’t do it without your help - divide and conquer!

At the Harvest Leader training, we provide in depth background about GleanSLO, gleaning practices and techniques, leadership training, and a thorough review of the harvest leading process. All Harvest Leaders have different levels of availability, and we are more than happy to accommodate your schedules. If you are interested in becoming a Harvest Leader, please contact Dylan at

Christmas came early thanks to Niner Wine Estates! 

Thanks to Niner Wine Estates, GleanSLO now has its own barn! They ‘gleaned’ their cellars and raised over $11,000 to ensure GleanSLO has ample storage for all of our picking equipment. We couldn’t be more thankful for all that Niner Wine Estates does for GleanSLO and our community!
Growing the Gleaning Movement

This month, GleanSLO had the honor of hosting a regional gleaning gathering with fellow gleaning organizations in surrounding counties, Food Forward and Backyard Bounty of Santa Barbara. Together, we were able to discuss strategies, best practices, and how to increase collaboration throughout the 805! It was a wonderful experience to see similar organizations doing great work!
Delicious but mischivious pomegranates 

Even the fruit trees get decked out in holiday colors!
December is filled with Pomegranates eagerly waiting to be picked, but some of us get a bit intimidated by the tedious process involved when opening these delicious treats. We’ve got the solution for you!
After trial and error, we’ve found that this method works pretty well.
Here are the steps!

1. Choose the prettiest pomegranate in all the land
2. Cut said pomegranate in half, only cutting into the fruit skin about a ½ inch, as to not hurt the pomegranate seeds
2. Use your thumb to pry the pomegranate open
3. Gently loosen up the seeds by stretching the sides
4.  Hold one half of the pomegranate upside down in your hand over a bowl
5. Use a wooden spoon and hit all sides of the pomegranate repeatedly
6. Clean out any white flesh that has fallen into the bowl
7. Eat it! (but please, not in a white shirt!)  
Now that we’ve got that down …. so many pomegranate recipes are available!

Adiós 2016

Happy Holidays and see you all the New Year!
2017… Here we come!

Stay Connected:

December Produce Donors
Thank you:

David and Peggy Coon
City Farm-Central Cost Grown
Lynne Cornell
Nancy and Tom Dwyer
First fruits Farms
Ikeda Brothers
Island Farms
Sarah Krueckel
L & C Smith Groves
CA Natural Sweet Corn
Linda Mahnken
RobinSong Farms
Kathy Sherman
Thursday SLO Farmers Market
Talley Farms
Saturday Templeton Farmers Market


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
1180 Kendall Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | 

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