Due to COVID-19
We are unable to send volunteer gleaners out at this time. If you are able harvest to the fruit, we would be extremely grateful for the donation!
How to do a DIY Glean:
- Safety first – always wash your hands and put on gloves before picking. If you’re experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please do not pick.
- Recruit friends or family to help harvest, but remember to practice social distancing!
- No leaves please – cut fruit off with as little stem as possible. Leaves carry pests and should be removed from fruit before it’s donated.
- Be picky – one bad apple can ruin the bunch. Please only include ripe, intact, whole fruit in your donation.
Drop off your fruit in bags or boxes at
4554 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara or 490 West Foster Road, Santa Maria
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. 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 would like to let us know about a property eligible to be gleaned, please fill out this form.
Coordinate a Harvest
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.
For more information, please contact:
Call or email Backyard Bounty Coordinator
Drop off locations (7:00AM-4:00PM):
Santa Barbara: 4554 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Santa Maria: 490 W. Foster Road, Santa Maria, CA 93455