For Farmers and Growers

Merced County Gleaning is a program of the Merced County Food Bank. Through this program, we glean excess produce, eggs and meat to be distributed to local food missions and shelters helping neighbors in need.

Our volunteers will come to your property to harvest or collect your crop donation.


We glean:

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A CROP
  • Quality produce that is no longer commercially viable
  • Weather damaged crops
  • Produce from bypassed fields
  • Non-machine gleanable crops
  • Pollinator trees
  • Secondary growth

Additionally, the Merced County Gleaning program will pick up produce that has already been harvested.

Protection:

We properly train and supervise all volunteers who glean with us. Every volunteer has checked off a liability waiver that protects the crop donor. A copy of the liability waiver can be seen here.

Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act - In 1996, President Clinton signed this act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This law:

  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;
  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and
  • Sets a floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."

For more information: Feeding America.

Benefits:

In 2015, Congress passed the PATH Act as Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which modified Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code to allow all companies to earn an enhanced tax deduction for donating selected surplus property, including food.

For more information, contact Earla Anderson at earla@mercedgleaning.org.