Glean and Share Volunteers Needed

March 03, 2020 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Organization: Society of St Andrew - Ohio

Farm Gleaning Volunteers Needed

Do you want to help rescue food from local farm fields and get it to those in need? Gleaning is an ancient form of food recovery that has been making a comeback. Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) - Ohio began as local project Glean and Share in 2018, gleaning more than 5,000 lbs. from local farms by 2019, and 12,000 in 2020, along with more than 38,000 lbs. of milk. They have now joined with SoSA's more than 40 years of experience working with farmers to recover good food that is unmarketable, addressing both food insecurity and waste. Food not harvested from farms is still one of the most significant categories of American food waste, and often some of the most nutritious food rescued.

To learn more, email ( or call (513-458-9808) Program Coordinator, Sue Plummer.

Or just register to volunteer, here:

Volunteer Guidelines

Prior to gleaning

  1. Volunteers will register as a volunteer (under the Ohio network), and sign a waiver via the Society of St. Andrew website prior to conducting any gleaning work:

  2. During the COVID-19 crisis, volunteers must fall within the age-range of 13 - 64.  Additionally, any volunteers who are in a high-risk health category are asked to remain at home.  [There are many more ways to support our gleaning work.  Please contact Sue Plummer to inquire: and 513-206-0350.]

  3. According to Society of St. Andrew COVID-19 policy, and professional recommendations, volunteer groups will consist of no more than 10 volunteers, all practicing social distancing by maintaining a distance of 6 or more feet between themselves and all other individuals present.

  4. Anyone experiencing any signs of illness, or allergies involving sneezing and runny nose, will be asked to stay home. 

  5. Volunteers must be responsible for their own transportation to and from the gleaning site, only transporting those passengers who are already members of the same household. Glean and Share Southwest Ohio (GSSO) cannot currently be responsible for group transportation.

At the gleaning site:

  1. When not provided by the grower, Glean and Share Southwest Ohio (GSSO) will ensure that sanitary handwashing stations are present, and expect volunteers to wash their hands prior to gleaning, whenever necessary during a gleaning event, as well as at the end, employing the 20-second rule, each time.

  2. GSSO will also provide hand sanitizer for use, with the understanding this is no substitute for hand-washing.

  3. Volunteers will be expected to wear face masks during gleaning events.  They may bring their own, or will be provided with one donated by GSSO.  GSSO will review, prior to gleanings, the proper way to wear masks,  including how to safely put them on and remove them.

  4. GSSO will provide nitrile gloves to be worn during gleaning, and changed as needed.

  5. Any tools and equipment provided will be cleaned and sanitized prior to use, and at the end of each volunteer shift.

  6. Gleaning events will average 2 hours per shift.  If the crops to be gleaned require more than 2 hours, we will schedule more than 1 shift, in order to keep gleaning crew numbers to a minimum.

  7. Gleaning volunteers will be reminded to avoid touching their noses, mouths, and eyes, and to cough or sneeze into their elbows.

  8. These and all other farm safety and etiquette standards will be established at the start of each gleaning event and maintained throughout.

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