Frequently Asked Questions about our Gleaning Program

Our Programs

  1. How can I learn more about your programs?
    We invite you to contact us at
    (760) 492-3467,, or visit our contact page.
  2. Do you have a newsletter or blog?
    CropSwap maintains a photo blog of gleaning events.
    ProduceGood newsletters are distributed by email registered users


  1. What happens to the food that is gleaned?

    Gleaned fruits and vegetables are donated through our local partnerships with Feeding San Diego and San Diego Food Bank to immediately assist San Diego’s food insecure.

  2. If I wish to start a gleaning program in my own community, how can I get started?

    Come on a pick with us and see how you like it and how it works. We will have an instructional packet for starting your own neighborhood group.


  1. Are my donations and contact information secure?

    We utilize the highest level of security through SSL data encryption to keep all your constituent and donation information safe

  2. Can I make recurring donations?

    Yes, once you create a donation account, you can setup and manage recurring donations.


  1. Can I sign up to volunteer and decide to participate in specific events later?

    Yes. Once you sign up as a volunteer, you will receive updates for our upcoming events. With your volunteer sign-in account, you can register yourself for whichever events best suit your time and availability.

  2. What do I bring to a gleaning?

    Mostly your enthusiasm and generous heart. ProduceGood will supply tools and instructions after you register for an event.

  3. What should I wear to a gleaning?

    Comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Additional details will be provided on an event-by-event basis.

  4. How long are the gleaning sessions?

    Typical sessions are 2-3 hours on a Saturday or Sunday. We will do our best to start on time so we can make the most of your time and energy.

  5. What if I have a physical disability, can I still volunteer?

    Gleaning is physical labor on uncertain terrain in varying weather and locations. Most of our pick locations are not equipped for those with disabilities or mobility issues. You are very welcome to help our organization by volunteering in other ways. We need lots of help! Please contact us to find out more.

  6. Can my employer or community organization volunteer as a group?

    Yes, please contact us directly for more information on registering a group. Corporate groups find gleaning to be fun and a great team-building experience.

  7. What if I am unable to attend an event I signed up for?

    No problem. You can update your event registration from within our web friendly volunteer database. Convenient links will be embedded within reminder emails, as well.


  1. Can you explain how the tax deduction works?

    The homeowner is provided a receipt at the end of the glean that may be used for a tax deduction.

  2. Is there a minimum volume that you require?

    Presently, we require a minimum of an 800-pound harvest. This is roughly equivalent to 10 fruit trees that are ¾ full of fruit. This minimum may change in the future, as we continue to advance our resources and operations.

  3. Describe a typical day when volunteers come to glean?

    The CropSwap pick boss will schedule the glean with the grower, usually a Saturday or Sunday. The bins (for the fruit) are delivered the day before the glean, and picked up the following Monday.

    Volunteers meet at the predesignated property (usually a private orchard) at 9am. After a short orientation, they will set out to picking fruit, filling up the bins provided. Picks usually last between 2 and 3 hours.

  4. Do you carry insurance?

    Yes. We have both Accident and Liability Insurance. In addition, homeowners are covered by the Good Samaritan Act, a Federal law that protects from liability those who donate food in good faith.

  5. I only have a few trees with have excess fruit. Can I still participate as a grower?

    If we cannot offer a full gleaning event for you, we can provide resources for you to donate your extra fruit.