Once again Feeding NE Florida and the Society of St. Andrew are teaming up to help glean citrus from neighborhoods in Jacksonville, FL. I will be a site coordinator for the third time, and am very grateful for the opportunity to bring together our community with the common goals of eliminating waste and feeding those in need. Please click on the link below for information on this wonderful event.
Gleaning season is upon us. With the success of last year’s event the need for this year is even greater. Please considering volunteering at the most convenient site based on your location. The information below is directly related to the site I am coordinating.
Read this carefully, even if you have been gleaning before:
- Attached is the liability waiver form that should be filled out, signed and brought to the gleaning event by everyone who is volunteering.
- Attached is the official flyer for the event.
- WEAR: Close-toed shoes (required) and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. It is also recommeded to bring a hat and gloves as needed. I would argue gloves are a necessity as you may be dealing with trees containing thorns (Myers Lemons) or can be scratched up by tree branches in general.
- BRING: Plenty of water and liability waiver forms as well as any medication you may need, sun screen, bug spray and snacks as needed. If you have a bucket or a cloth grocery bag to pick fruit into and a citrus picker, please bring that too!
- If you are lost or running late please call me. I will be supplying maps and contact information for your target homes to facilitate ease of access.
NOTE: Bathroom access may be limited, please use the restroom before you arrive. Last year access was given to the church, however bathroom access while gleaning should not be expected.
- Volunteers meet at Host site; collect tools, bins, maps
- Volunteer teams- 3-4 people per tree, 10 trees in 3-4 hours
- 200-250 lbs = 1-2 trees
- These numbers are not absolute and I will work to facilitate groups/families are allocated to common sites.
- Call ahead to each donor location to let them know you’re coming / gate access. Ring doorbell upon arrival.
- Donors have been contacted and confirmed prior to scheduling.
- Donors have been notified of the date and time frame of gleaning.
- Please no horseplay; these are people’s homes. BE RESPECTFUL.
- Only go into areas assigned and stay in groups that will be assigned on site.
- Do not bring any pets, no exceptions.
- Pickers go out to the homes and collect the fruit. Pickers with pickup trucks are especially valuable. Vans and SUVs are useful as well; the trunks of standard cars fill up too fast. Home recycling bins work wonderfully; they are the right size and very sturdy.
Tomorrow Change-Can, through Society of St. Andrew, will be participating in the Second Harvest of North Florida city-wide citrus glean. It is a wonderful effort to engage the community to donate their citrus that would otherwise go to waste. Many volunteers have given their time on a Saturday morning harvest the citrus so Second Harvest can distribute it to those in need. I am honored to be the site leader for The Church of Jacksonville location.
- Southside/Beaches– Chets Creek Church, 4420 Hodges Blvd
- Mandarin– Mandarin Presbyterian, 12001 Mandarin Rd
- San Marco/Baymeadows – The Church of Jacksonville, 8313 Baycenter Rd
- Arlington– Arlington UMC, 1400 University Blvd N
- Westside- Potters House Christian, 5119 Normandy Rd
All sites will open their registration for volunteers promptly at 8:00 am. At my site there will be a table set up as my volunteers will need to do the following:
- Fill out a waiver. If a family is participating only one waiver is needed for the primary and all family members can be added to the back of the document.
- Review the rules for approaching residents, picking fruit and gleaning the site.
- Get assigned to one of two groups.
- Get assigned your map of sites which will include name and phone number of the resident. It is recommended you call them prior to arriving.
- Get the appropriate tools. I will have fruit baskets, clippers, hooks and sheets to catch any soft skinned fruit. I will also have hard hats for those gleaning grapefruit trees. You will need to bring your own gloves. I also recommend something long-sleeved as some trees, specifically lemons, are thorny.
- Get cards thanking the residents for their donation, which also doubles as a receipt for tax reporting purposes.
Some of the volunteers will need to remain at our home base to receive the fruit and put it into the bins for transport. I will make every effort to ensure volunteers go out with friends and family but it is important to note that both groups will need experienced gleaners so you allocation will need to be governed by experience.
For more information please visit the Second Harvest of North Florida website. You may contact me directly through Facebook, Twitter or by responding to this post. If you are reading this and have a citrus tree you are more than welcome to bring the fruit to any of the locations between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. Better still if you would like to schedule a glean please contact me and I will visit your residence.