(360) 221-6454 FoodBank@whidbey.com

What is gleaning?

Gleaning is the process of collecting excess fresh foods that would otherwise be going to waste. Gleaning Programs at Good Cheer include:

fruit-48875Gleeful Gleaners fruit tree harvesting

The Gleeful Gleaners are community volunteers who pick extra fruit at the homes of South Whidbey tree owners and deliver it to the Good Cheer Food Bank and other community food programs such as Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN), and the Bayview Senior Center. Click here to learn about volunteer opportunities or donating fruit.


bayview marketBayview Farmer’s Market

Apprentices in the Community Gardening Leadership Training pull a wagon through Bayview at the close of the market each week collecting donations of unsold produce from generous local farm vendors to benefit the food bank.



Rotary Club Gleaners & Organic Farm School Partnership

Volunteer crews from the South Whidbey Rotary Club harvest and deliver gleaned veggies from the Organic Farm School (previously Greenbank Farm School).