Columbia Pacific Food Bank Launches
New Gleaner Program

Columbia Pacific Food Bank is proud to announce the launch of its new Gleaning Program. This innovative initiative aims to combat food insecurity and reduce food waste by harvesting surplus produce from local farmers, gardeners, and orchardists, ensuring fresh, nutritious food reaches those in need.

What is a Gleaner Program?

A Gleaner Program is a dedicated resource to rescuing surplus produce from local farms and gardens, ensuring that fresh, nutritious food makes its way to those who need it most. 

By partnering with local farmers and volunteers, Columbia Pacific Food Bank will gather fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. This program provides a sustainable source of fresh produce for the food bank and supports the local agricultural community.

“We are thrilled to introduce the Gleaning Program as part of our ongoing efforts to address hunger in our community,” said Casey Wheeler, Interim Executive Director of Columbia Pacific Food Bank. “This initiative allows us to provide healthier food options to our clients while reducing food waste and supporting local farmers. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

This program is being spearheaded and overseen by Al Grabhorn, Food Bank Generalist for Columbia Pacific Food Bank. 

The Gleaning Program will operate throughout the harvest season. The collected produce will be distributed through Columbia Pacific Food Bank’s network of partner agencies, food pantries, and meal programs, reaching thousands of individuals and families facing food insecurity.

Seeking Volunteers:

Columbia Pacific Food Bank is calling on community members to get involved in this impactful initiative. 

We Need Help with: 

  • Picking Produce
  • Preparing produce for transportation
  • Cleaning produce
  • Preparing produce for distribution

Additional Details:

  • We are seeking 2-4 volunteers who can commit to 1-2 days per week as needed for the duration of the harvest and growing season (June- October)
  • Gleaning hours will be from 7 AM to 3 pm, days will vary 
  • Preference will be given to volunteers who can commit to full days 

How to Apply:

  • Contact Al Grabhorn at (Preferred)
  • Call 503-397-9708
  • Visit the Food Bank during regular business hours Monday to Thursday from 9 AM to 1 PM to inquire about volunteering
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Seeking Community Partners:

Columbia Pacific Food Bank is seeking farmers, medium to large-scale gardeners, orchardists, or anyone with easily accessible crops who is willing to donate medium to large quantities of human-quality produce in exchange for help harvesting and transporting the goods to Columbia Pacific Food Bank.

Produce donated to the Food Bank is considered a tax-deductible donation.

Gleaner Program Columbia Pacific Food Bank

In addition to volunteer support, Columbia Pacific Food Bank welcomes donations to sustain and expand the Gleaning Program. Financial contributions will help cover the costs of transportation, equipment, and other essential resources needed to ensure the program’s success.

We also gladly accept year-round donations of excess produce from your garden. Grow one for you, grow one for the Food Bank!

For more information about the Gleaning Program, volunteer opportunities, donations, or to become a partner agency, please contact Al Grabhorn at 503-397-9708 or

In Community,

The Columbia Pacific Food Bank Team



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About Columbia Pacific Food Bank: 

Columbia Pacific Food Bank serves as the regional food bank for Columbia County, Oregon. Our primary objective is to grant access to fresh and healthy food as well as resources to individuals and families who are struggling with food insecurity in Columbia County. We distribute approximately 16.5 tons of food per week to various food pantries and programs in our distribution network, which includes Scappoose, St Helens, Rainier, Clatskanie, Vernonia, and Mist-Birkenfeld. Our ultimate vision is to end hunger in Columbia County.


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