Even if you have gleaned with us before, please read through this message to the end. Our program has been updated to follow food and worker safety laws that have gone into effect over the last year and, due to liability concerns, we have changed our policy on minors and gleaning.
Please arrive at 8:00a.m and bring a signed waiver of liability and photo release if you do not already have one on file for 2016. You may find a printable copy of the waiver and photo release at http://www.agagainsthunger.org/#!gleaning/sb706. It is not necessary to print out your Eventbrite Ticket.
What to wear
*Required by food and worker safety laws and regulations. No exceptions will be made.
*Light-weight long sleeve shirt
*Closed shoes such as tennis shoes, hiking boots, or work boots
In accordance with food safety laws, the following items CANNOT be worn into the field
*Clothing with stones, beads, sequins or other sewn or glued on decorations
*Jewelry of any kind (you may wear a wedding band that does not have any stones)
What to bring
Water in a container with a twist or snap top closure
Signed waiver of liability
Signed photo release
What NOT to bring
Due to food safety laws and regulations, these items CANNOT be brought into the field.
Electronics (phones, mp3 players, etc. must be left in the car)
Drinks other than water
We will provide
Water for refilling your bottle
Minors and Gleaning
Minors over the age of 10 are welcome to participate in gleaning activities
Minors may not be left unsupervised at a gleaning site
There must be 1 adult chaperone for every 4 minors
A waiver of liability and photo release signed by each minor's parent or legal guardian must be on file
Minors are not allowed to use tools necessary for the harvesting of some crops such as knives. For this reason, some gleans will be listed as "limited minor duties." In these instances, minors will only be allowed to carry containers of produce to the truck from the field or bring empty containers to harvesters. For your convenience, we will post this information as soon as possible, however, this listing may not appear until 24 hours before the scheduled start time.
Community Service Verification
We are happy to sign forms to verify community service hours when you glean with us. As with any Ag Against Hunger community service activity, forms must be presented to our staff for signature on the day of the glean. We are unable to sign forms after the day of the glean and cannot make exceptions.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Thank you all for giving generously of your time to help us end hunger and food waste.
WHY DID THE GLEANING POLICIES CHANGE?
Our policies were changed this year to comply with food and worker safety laws that have gone into effect over the last year.
CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 10?
We cannot allow minors under the age of 10 onto any gleaning site. We are very grateful for your time and know that this may make it difficult for those with young children to volunteer, but the safety of our volunteers, field sponsors, and those who will be eating the food we harvest is our highest priority.
IT GETS HOT, CAN I TAKE OFF MY SWEATER/ROLL UP MY SLEEVES?
We know that it can get warm and you will want to remove layers. This is fine, but you must have long sleeves that cover to the wrist and pants that cover the ankle at all times. We recommend wearing lightweight cotton shirts and avoiding dark colored clothing. Take frequent breaks to cool off and drink lots of water.
WHY CAN'T I WEAR JEWELRY OR CLOTHES WITH SEWN ON DECORATIONS?
This is a food safety law. Gleaning is physical and can cause these items to come loose from clothing or jewelry settings.
DO YOU STILL PROVIDE WATER? WHY DO I NEED TO BRING A WATER BOTTLE?
We will provide water for refilling your bottles. We are trying to reduce the amount of waste we produce by moving away from using disposable cups. Please be sure that your water bottle seals completely with a twist or screw top closure.
WHY CAN'T I DRINK SOMETHING OTHER THAN WATER?
This is a food safety regulation. Liquids other than water pose allergen and contamination risks.
WHY CAN'T I BRING MY PHONE/ELECTRONICS INTO THE FIELD/ORCHARD?
This is a food safety regulation. Electronics have many parts that pose food safety risks. It is very easy for them to fall out of pockets and become lost in a field, break, and contaminate food or soil.
We are grateful that you have chosen to give your time to us and do our best to make sure that you have an enjoyable experience. However, gleaning is an agricultural activity which means that we are at the mercy of the same things that affect farmers such as weather, crop conditions, field accessibility, and more.
For this reason, we reserve the right to cancel a scheduled glean at any time