Greetings Gleaning HOPE Followers!
Thank you for visiting our blog and supporting our Gleaning HOPE program! Last year we collected 9,500 pounds of fruits. We thank our fruit donors who believe in our mission and continue to donate their excess fruit and vegetables grown in their backyard. The gleaning crew members made a difference by salvaging fresh nutritious fruits for people in need of food.
A group of Damien High School gleaning crew members and parents volunteered on January 14, 2012 to help salvage fruits. Our first gleaning was to collect lemons donated by Rhoda. The two trees were full of lemons and ready to be picked. Within 40 minutes, the gleaning crew members had collected 400 lbs of lemons. These young man (pictures are attached) enjoyed, picking, collecting and salvaging the fruits. Most of them asked when the next gleaning opportunity would take place because they would love to help again and recommend this wonderful program with friends. They’re going to help pass out flyers through churches, schools, and local neighborhood communities to support the program.
After gleaning the lemons, our next task was to collect grapefruits donated by Yolanda. It was a small tree and full of grapefruits! Within 20 minutes, the gleaning crew members helped salvage 300 lbs of grapefruits.
In less than two hours, we helped salvage 700 pounds of fruits! Imagine if we could salvage fruits every week? Many children and families would be able to eat fresh nutritious fruits from our four food pantries in Claremont, Pomona, Ontario, and San Dimas.
How you can help?
We are looking for fruit tree owners who have more fruits or vegetables than they need. Consider donating your fruits for people in need of food and you can receive income kind deduction. If you know someone who has too many fruits at their backyard, ask them if they would like to donate their fruits through the Gleaning HOPE program. All you have to do is make a call or email the volunteer coordinator.
AmeriCorps – Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (909) 622-3806 ext. 223
Fax: (909) 622-0484
“Feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless since 1968″