From my very first glean, I was hooked and truly felt like a real part of the CROS community. Since then, I have met some of the most amazingly generous people, from the farmers who donate their fields to the volunteers picking in those fields and down to the people at the Palm Beach County Food Bank who transport, store, and distribute the fresh produce we’ve collected. Through the Gleaning program, I feel that I am helping to really make a difference for the food insecure in our county. Volunteering with CROS is not only inspiring, it is also strongly motivating and encouraging.”
CROS Gleanings take place on Saturday mornings from late November through most of July. Sunday mornings from mid- January to mid-April. Large groups can schedule a gleaning event on a Monday or Friday with advance notice. Mango gleaning in June will have some weekday dates. Gleaning events are typically 8:30am until 11:30am. Directions are emailed out weekly. Participants are responsible for getting to the fields themselves.Examples of the produce gleaned include: beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet corn, green peppers, potatoes, avocados, mangoes, and whatever else might become available to us. This produce is then distributed free of charge by the Palm Beach County Food Bank to local hunger programs. Examples of the produce gleaned include: beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet corn, green peppers, potatoes, avocados, mangoes, and whatever else might become available to us. This produce is then distributed free of charge by our distribution partners to local hunger programs.
Gleaning Weekday Packet
Gleaner’s Liability Waiver
My first experience with gleaning was with my mother and sister at a tomato farm in Delray Beach. Over the years, I’ve helped glean tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, and mangoes. I’ve enjoyed every moment. Gleaning allows me to experience the side of life I’ve never been in touch with, the farm life. The best part of gleaning is the sense of accomplishment. After four hours of farming and five or six boxes of produce that I have gleaned, I always feel a sense of accomplishment because I know that the produce I glean will directly help people in my community. Gleaning may be tiring and tough, but it truly helps people within the community and that is why I love gleaning.
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