The Backyard Bounty Program is a volunteer-powered gleaning program of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Gleaning means to gather leftover produce after a harvest. In our case, we glean produce from backyards, gardens, farms, and orchards in the Santa Barbara area and redistribute them to those in our community who face hunger and food insecurity.
Since the program began in late 2007, Foodbank volunteers have gleaned over 1.2 million pounds of fresh produce, including includes oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, figs, avocados, persimmons, and guavas, that otherwise may have gone to waste.
If you have fewer than 5 fruit trees in your yard that you would like to donate and can harvest the fruit on your own, we would love to receive your donation. Simply pick the fruit when it’s ripe and bring it to one of our warehouses. You can stop by the office to receive a tax receipt for your donation. If you are able to pick the fruit but need supplies or pick up, let us know and we can help!
Coordinate a Harvest
If you are unable to harvest your own fruit, we can help! Please note that during periods of high demand, Backyard Bounty may not be able to schedule a harvest, and priority will be given to properties with the most fruit. Please give us a call at (805) 319-9096 or e-mail us about your crop and location. E-mails should include your name, address, number of trees, type of crop and estimated time of ripeness.
View upcoming gleaning opportunities in the Santa Barbara community with Backyard Bounty. Gleaning with Backyard Bounty is fun outdoor volunteer experience that helps reduce food waste in our community and let’s your learn about growing, harvesting and transporting local produce. Most events are family-friendly and a great way to spend time outside doing great work for your community!
Are you interested in volunteering as a part of a large group? Group volunteering with Backyard Bounty is a great way to help build workplace relationships, spent some valuable time outside the normal activities of your social group or even organize a family volunteering event. Click the button below to fill out the form and get a group event scheduled soon.
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is a 501(c)3 organization. Tax ID # 77-0169214
We are ending hunger and transforming the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition. We serve the community as a leader and expert in improving the nutritional health of our county through increased food security