Gold Country Gleaners in need of fruit and vegetables |

Gold Country Gleaners in need of fruit and vegetables

The Gold Country Gleaners, a group that pairs resources of excess food with people in need, is looking for folks and farmers who want to donate their excess fruit and vegetables. They will pick it for you.

The Gold Country Gleaners is an all-volunteer organization headed by the Nevada County nonprofit organization APPLE, the Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy. The Gleaners coordinate people who are willing to pick food with people who have fruits and vegetables to pick — farmers, ranchers, even individuals with a single tree or just a few extra zucchini plants.

The Gleaners donate the food to local organizations that support the hungry. Those organizations include The Food Bank, Women of Worth, The Salvation Army, Interfaith Food Ministry, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center and more.

“We need more donations,” said Hilary Hodge, one of the core volunteers and pick leaders for the Gold Country Gleaners.

The Gleaners have donated nearly a ton of fruits and vegetables already this year but the need for donations is growing.

“There are more and more organizations making a conscious effort to serve healthy and fresh food to those in need”, Hodge said. “The more fruits and vegetables we can get, the better.”

One of the largest obstacles to getting donations is getting the word out. Even though the Gleaners are going into their fourth year, people either don’t call or don’t know that they can call the Gleaners to pick their excess fruit and vegetables. There are trees all over this county teeming with fruit. The Gleaners are just a phone call or email away.

Sally Migleo of Grass Valley recently contacted the Gold Country Gleaners for help with her apricot tree, as she and her husband didn’t have the time to pick all the apricots this year.

“I didn’t want to see the fruit fall to the ground when it could be donated to a worthy cause,” she said.

The Gleaners picked 20 pounds of apricots and were able to donate the fruit to the Food Bank.

The Gleaners have a strong volunteer base and can serve almost every corner of Nevada County. To arrange a pick or to get more information, call the Gold Country Gleaners at 530-264-8680 or email

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