Gleaning

Gleaning, also known as harvesting the extra fruit and vegetables we grow, has been around for centuries and is a fun way to save food and provide for those in need.

Past Gleaning Events by CVSan and Castro Valley Residents
Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) has organized community fruit gleanings to benefit local food pantries. CVSan also supports efforts of any individuals or community groups who want to pick and donate produce for those in need, by donating fruit picker tools.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 – Community Tree Fruit Gleaning
CVSan organized it’s third community tree fruit gleaning event during Zero Waste Week 2020 to save extra fruit that otherwise may have gone uneaten. Volunteers assembled at CVSan offices at 21040 Marshall Street and then visited pre-approved sites in Castro Valley to harvest extra fruit from trees loaned for the event by Castro Valley community members. A total of 1,947 pounds were gleaned and donated to Castro Valley food pantries.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – Community Tree Fruit Gleaning
CVSan organized it’s second community tree fruit gleaning event during Zero Waste Week 2019 to save extra fruit that otherwise may have gone uneaten. Volunteers assembled at CVSan offices at 21040 Marshall Street, and then visited pre-approved sites in Castro Valley to harvest extra fruit from trees loaned for the event by Castro Valley community members. A total of 1,800 pounds were gleaned and donated to Castro Valley food pantries.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – Community Tree Fruit Gleaning
CVSan hosted its first-ever community tree fruit gleaning in February 2018 as part of Zero Waste Week. The event was a great success! A total of 13 members of the community gleaned over 820 pounds of oranges, grapefruit, and lemons for the Castro Valley Food Pantry at Faith Lutheran Church. 

Resources to Help You Go Gleaning:
There is no need to wait for a CVSan event to go gleaning. CVSan encourages community members to organize their own gleaning groups and to donate extra fruit to those in need. CVSan can donate gleaning tools and supplies to help with community gleaning efforts.  Please see our Donation and Supply Request Form here to request items and note gleaning tools on the form.  To find out more about gleaning, read this helpful article and visit the following resources for information on donating gleaned fruits and vegetables:

Ample Harvest – Donate excess produce to interested local food banks and pantries (over 6,900 are listed nationally).

FallingFruit.Org – Post unwanted tree fruit for others to come harvest.  The map is an open-source and shows fruit tree options all around the world (over 600,000 locations, including over 100,000 in California alone).

New Life Christian Church - Food Pantry.
20394 San Miguel Avenue, Castro Valley  (510) 889-1304

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church - Food Pantry.
20104 Center Street, Castro Valley  (510) 581-8950

Faith Lutheran Food Pantry - Food Pantry.
20080 Redwood Road, Castro Valley  (510) 582-0818