Nanaimo Foodshare and Nanaimo Community Gardens are cooperating to offer the Gleaning Program for its 11th year!
Do you have surplus fruit to share? Don't let it go to waste!
Hunger and poverty are a serious concern in Nanaimo. People are lined up at our food banks.
The gleaning program helps connect members of our community – allowing a safe and supervised opportunity for people to share their excess produce, get their trees picked and help those in need have access to healthy, fresh produce.
If you have (or anticipate having) more fruits, nuts or vegetables than you can use, please call the Gleaning Program. We will do our best to link you with volunteers willing to pick. Advance notice is needed (ideally 1 -2 weeks) to allow time to coordinate the picks. Also consider registering your fruit tree in preparation for next year.
Register your tree or produce today!
Become a Gleaner
To become a volunteer gleaner:
- Join the Nanaimo Foodshare Society (Link to the “Become a member page”) or the Nanaimo Community Gardens Society
- Attend a brief orientation and safety session:
Once registered, gleaners will be invited on organized picks throughout the season.
Our volunteers pick produce which they can then share with family, friends and neighbours. A significant amount of produce is also donated to local agencies such as the food bank.
To date, the program has harvested more than 125,000 pounds of fruit, vegetable and nuts. Last year 18 community agencies received a portion of our harvests.
Thanks to all volunteers who have made this program so successful.
Need to know more? Contact:
The Gleaning Program is a joint project of:
Nanaimo Foodshare Society
Nanaimo Community Gardens Society