WHAT IS "Picking for Purpose"?

"Picking for Purpose" is a gleaning project of the Merced County Food Bank.

Gleaning is the process of harvesting crops that would otherwise be left in the fields, on the trees, or plowed under because producers do not have access to the labor, time or transportation needed to donate to local food banks and pantries.

Merced County Food Bank (MCFB) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Merced County Department of Public Health that creates the “Glean, Grow, Give” project; a project that will work to address food insecurity in the County.

The “Glean, Grow, Give” project will coordinate gleaning opportunities throughout Merced County, connecting volunteers with residents, gardeners, farms, orchards, farmers’ markets, and other food producers and vendors to collect food that would otherwise go to waste.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are a vital part of any healthy diet and too often they are left out when money is tight.

We are looking for hard-working volunteers to take part in one-time or ongoing gleaning efforts at local gardens, residences and area farms. Volunteers harvest produce and/or help transport food the food bank.

Are you passionate about ending hunger and eliminating food waste? You might be just the person the “Picking for Purpose” Project is looking for to connect excess produce with the people who need it.