Gleaning Abundance Program

Sharing the Abundance

The Gleaning Abundance Program brings people together to help harvest our local abundance of fruit and vegetables and share it with the greater community. Produce that might have gone to waste becomes a welcome source of fresh food for many who might otherwise go without.

Our main focus is fruit trees, but we also glean farms and gardens. People with an overabundance of produce get their crops harvested, our volunteers get free fresh-picked produce, and local community groups receive fruit and vegetables for their clients and programs. As part of our latest venture, we will be preserving the harvest by freezing and dehydrating fruit for the Boys & Girls Club to use over the winter.

Join Us!

Have fun, meet new people and take home fresh produce! Join the Gleaning Abundance Program to receive email notifications about upcoming harvests and other food action opportunities. If you are unable to pick fruit, there are other ways for you to get involved and share in the harvest.

Register your tree or garden

We can help you share your abundance! Register your tree or garden to have a volunteer gleaning crew pick your produce and share  it with the community.

Before we schedule a harvest we’ll call you to get some details about your garden or trees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be home?

Not necessarily. Some people prefer to be home when we come, but as long as we have all the information we need (which trees to pick, how much fruit to leave, etc) you do not need to be home.

When will I hear from you about a harvest?

We can get extremely busy during peak seasons, so if you haven’t heard from us, it is best to contact us a week or more before your fruit is ripe to let us know you’d like us to schedule a harvest. Email us at gleaningabundance@gmail.com or call 250-851-6111.

What if someone gets hurt on my property?

We have full liability insurance that covers staff and volunteers and protects homeowners.

96,890

Lbs of fruit and vegetables gleaned since 2013!

14,890

Lbs of fruit and vegetables gleaned so far in 2018!

Food Outreach Partners

The GAP donates fruit to community organizations who share the fruit through their programs.  Our partners include:

Kamloops Food Bank
The food bank provides healthy food to any resident of Kamloops who is in need while allowing them to maintain their dignity. They would never be able to accomplish this if not for their talented and dedicated group of volunteers.Kamloops Food Bank As well as their hamper  programs, the food bank  collects, sorts, and distributes food items donated from local grocery stores through their Foodshare program.

ASK Wellness
A local agency that is dedicated to helping marginalized and at-risk individuals in  our community. Following the agencies guiding principles of ASK-Logoharm reduction, client centered and social justice; the staff and volunteers of ASK are involved in addressing the needs of our communities’ most vulnerable populations

Elizabeth Fry Society
An active community based non-profit agency that offers programs and services in the areas of housing and community justice to people in the Kamloops area, with a focus on women and youth. A regular group of volunteers from Elizabeth Fry comes out to glean and then shares the harvest with other families who are unable to pick fruit themselves.

Interior Community Services – Community Kitchens and We Can Together
A Community Kitchen is a small group of people who get together in order to prepare meals and learn healthier cooking techniques and habits. We Can Together is a program that partners seniors who know how to can with individuals and families who don’t. The seniors share their skills and expertise and together they can and make preserves. In2014, much of the fruit gleaned by the GAP was canned or made into jam, salsa, or chutney by the eager volunteers in these two programs.

St. Vincent De Paul Society
In the back of the St Vincent De Paul thrift shop is a kitchen and dining area where volunteers prepare breakfast for hungry men, women, and children several days a week. The fresh fruit donated by the GAP is a welcome addition to the breakfast program.

New Life Mission
The mission offers  various programs to the less fortunate in our community – among them a hot lunch program which is available seven days a week. Fresh fruit can be baked into pies or crisps or offered fresh to mission visitors.

Centre for Seniors Information
CSI is a non-profit charitable organization which has been offering free services to assist seniors with independent living for over two decades.  They lobby for solutions to assist low income seniors with aging in place in safe, appropriate  housing and are dedicated to supporting seniors with issues such as abuse, health and finances. They have a kitchen and concession for special events. Donations of fresh fruit are put out to share or used in baking.

Gleaning Abundance Program News

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Why We're Switching to a Quarters Model

KFPC Customer Discovery Survey Kamloops Food Policy Council’s Gleaning Abundance Program (GAP) is trying something new. We’re switching from a thirds model to a quarters model. What does this mean, you ask? It means that we’re starting…
Barb Lundstrom
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SHOP Volunteers Cooking Up a Storm

It's always a pleasure to stop by the SHOP kitchen on Thursday mornings. The volunteers there cook up a delicious, nutritious meal for some of our communities most disadvantaged women and give them extra food to put in their packs. They rescue…

Amazing Apricots

  Once again, I am in awe of the incredible abundance of apricots produced in our area. Canada does not even figure in the ranks of worldwide apricot production, which is topped by countries like Turkey, Iran and the Mediterranean lands…

Sponsors

We could not do the important work we do without the support of our generous sponsors:

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia