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History of the Gleaners

The North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society was created in the summer of 2007 by a group of individuals who had become acutely aware of the problem of world hunger and the fact that the Okanagan valley is rich in food supplies. Much of our local food production, unfortunately, goes to waste. The desire to make use of these gleanings to feed the hungry in other countries convicted them to do something.

below: Vegetable Soup Mix


Our soup mix is packaged in sealed bags, each of which will make 100 cups of soup.
To become a member of the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society, download the following form and submit it to us.

Membership Application

An Overview of Our Operations

A variety of vegetables are donated by growers to the Gleaners. This does not mean they are inedible but, for a variety of reasons such as being too large or malformed, they may not be suitable for sale in stores.
Volunteers arrive daily (Monday through Friday mornings) to help with the cleaning, chopping and preparation of the produce for the dehydration, as well as packaging the final product. These volunteers may be seniors, members of local churches, groups from schools and clubs, or individuals and families from the local communities.

Once per year stock is taken and a soup mix recipe is created from the ingredients on hand. The mix is packaged in 100-serving sealed bags, then packed into boxes ready for shipping. Apples are also dehydrated, packaged and shipped as nutritious snacks.

Used medical equipment is the second major "gleaning" operation at NOVG. Hospital beds, wheelchairs and many other items gathered from Okanagan medical facilities.

Both food and medical equipment are requested by well known and reputable mission organizations who, upon NOVG approval, arrange for pickup and shipment to locations around the world where the food or equipment are desperately needed.

Also visit our Store page to find out how our community is supporting the Gleaners through donations of used furniture and appliances.

Visitors and new volunteers are always welcome.

The North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society is a registered charity in British Columbia.

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