Got Fruit? Do you have extra fruit trees or vegetables growing in your backyard? Don't let your bounty go to waste. The Foodbank gladly accepts produce donations from your backyard and may even help pick it. Call Jill Drewisch, our Backyard Bounty Coordinator, at (805) 403-8327.
Interested in Participating?
Read below to find out how you can get involved.
1. Harvest Your Own Yard
If you would like to harvest the fruit on your own, we would love to receive your donation. Simply pick the fruit when it's ripe and bring it down to one of our warehouses or call Jill to arrange a pick-up. Be sure to stop by the office when you come to receive a tax receipt for your donation. If you are able to harvest but need tools or equipment, please email Jill Drewisch at [email protected]
2. Get Help from the Community
If you are unable to harvest or deliver your own fruit and have less than 5 trees, please email or call to arrange a neighborhood harvest.
If you still need help harvesting, here are some tips:
· Have a gardener help harvest the fruit
· Enlist the help of friends, relatives, and neighbors
· Rally other resources within the neighborhood such as kids/youth
· Enlist the help of your/local church or local boy/girl scouts
· Solicit other neighbors to participate and have a harvest morning where multiple trees are collectively gleaned
3. Sign up for a Harvest with Backyard Bounty
If you would like to schedule a harvest with Backyard Bounty, please email Jill Drewisch at [email protected]
Your email should include:
· Your Name
· Physical address for the harvest
· # of Trees
· Type(s) of Fruit
· Estimate of when your fruit will be ripe
Whenever possible, please harvest the fruit yourself. If you are able to pick the fruit but cannot deliver it to our warehouse, please give us a call at (805) 967-5741 to schedule a pick-up.
Plant a Row for the Foodbank As part of your garden this year, we encourage you to 'Plant A Row'. Plant A Row is a nationwide initiative intended to connect home gardeners with extra produce and a means of distribution to those in need
For more information, please contact:
Jill Drewisch, Backyard Bounty Coordinator
(805) 403-8327 [email protected]
To become a Foodbank Volunteer for this program, please visit our volunteer page.
Backyard Bounty needs volunteers to harvest, serve as a harvest leaders, help with administrative assistance and canvas neighborhoods and spread the word.
Time: Every effort will be made to collect produce within 24 hours of your call or email.
All ages welcome (with parental supervision)as there is always something to do that fits your abilities. Please wear long sleeves and close-toed shoes. Bring a hat/ sun block/ water/ snacks/ glasses.