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. This year we are connecting with 22 different organizations throughout our city!

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

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.

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 or call 250-851-6111.

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

142, 000

Lbs of fruit and vegetables gleaned since 2013!

11, 500

Lbs of fruit and vegetables gleaned so far in 2020!

Food Outreach Partners

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

Kamloops Food Bank

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. 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 harm 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


We’re Hiring: Tree Trimmer/Pruner

We are hiring a Pruner/Tree Trimmer to support our GAP this summer!   This temporary 8-week position (~30 hours/week) will work closely with our Gleaning Abundance Coordinator to help with harvests, pruning, and tree care/maintenance!    The…

We’re Hiring: Pruner/Tree Trimmer

We are hiring a Pruner/Tree Trimmer (Arborist/Horitculturist) to support our GAP this summer!   This temporary 8-week position (~30 hours/week) will work closely with our Gleaning Abundance Coordinator to help with harvests,…

Meet Our New Gleaning Coordinator!

We would like to introduce Mariana Guerra, who will be taking on the role of Gleaning Abundance Program Coordinator. Mariana hails from Mexico, and has a wealth of experience working with volunteers on various projects in Canada, Mexico, Peru,…


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We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia