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General FAQ

Housing and Accommodation 

Is housing provided when we come to serve?

Our accommodation consists of two hotel-style units. The 8-room unit features rooms with a shared (adjoining) bathroom each. In the 10-room unit, each room has its own private bathroom. Both units are 2 stories. We have limited ground floor accommodation available. The 10-room unit also features one fully equipped handicapped accessible room. (Our main facilities are all wheelchair accessible.)

Dormitory style rooms with 5 – 9 beds are also available. Bathroom facilities are in close proximity.

We have 20 RV spaces available. Most spaces provide full service,  please check with bookings concerning availability and your needs.

Can I reserve a specific room/space?

Most volunteers will stay in the 8-plex and, possibly, the 10-plex. Our 10-plex is primarily used for long-term volunteers, students, or special guests. It is possible to request a certain room or RV space, but there is no guarantee of availability. Please remember that volunteering at Gleanings is considered a local short-term mission trip. Our focus is ministry to needy around the world, and, as such, it is appropriate to come with a heart of sacrifice and service, rather than with expectations of comfort and convenience.  To book a room go here:

Are meals provided?

We provide three meals a day and two snacks every work day except the last when we serve only breakfast and lunch.

Can you handle special dietary needs?

Please notify the Booking department at the time of your reservation, or as soon as possible, if you have particular needs. We will make every effort to accommodate them. Unfortunately, we are preparing each meal for approximately 100 or more people and it is not always possible to prepare something special for a single person. Lunch and dinner usually includes a salad bar with an assortment of fresh, healthy items; a basket of fruit is always available, and there are two public kitchens for your use.

Our Ministry

Where does the food go?

We partner with mission organizations in approx. 40 different nations. These partners receive the food and distribute it with the Gospel. In order to receive food, an agency must be distributing the food as part of a larger ministry that includes presentation of the Gospel of Christ.

How do you decide where to ship the food?

In reality, God decides where food should be shipped. However, there are several factors that determine where a shipment goes. When there is a DTS outreach, we ship to the ministries which with the team will work. Ongoing partners, such as Convoy of Hope and Israel Food Outreach, often contact us when they have a truck available and/or a specific need. Finally, and most significantly, we ship when a ministry contacts us with a specific need, such as famine or natural disaster, and the shipping arrangements are successful. If we have not worked with the ministry before, the Procurement Manager will meet with a representative to verify that they are distributing food as required for partnership.

Do you send food other than fruit and soup?

YES, because there is so much wasted food in America, we are able to procure a wide variety of products like beans, rice, cereal, energy bars, muscle milk, etc.

Where are the teams and volunteers from?

Teams and individuals come from many places throughout the United States, as well as Canada. The largest percentage come from California, then Washington and Oregon. We have international volunteers from all over the world that come as backpackers.

Where are you located?

In the San Joaquin Valley approx 40 miles southeast of Fresno. We′re on 21 acres of land, in the country, bordered by the Sierra Mountains. The Sequoia National park is about 40 minutes away. For Directions check here.

Does the government oversee our operation?

Gleanings has no specific government oversight, but is subject to the standard regulations for similar facilities and ministries. Examples include:

  • Our kitchen is routinely inspected and all staff must be certified food handlers
  • Our well water is routinely tested
  • New construction or modifications are subject to permitting by local authorities
  • We file IRS Form 990 (for a nonprofit), and are property tax-exempt, but not sales tax-exempt
  • Our Finance Department and Board of Directors voluntarily participate in an annual audit by an independent accounting firm
  • All incoming and outgoing product is subjected to the appropriate customs regulations
  • Dried fruit and soup mix ingredients must be treated for pests according to government regulations
  • Anyone wishing to drive a forklift must receive appropriate training and certification

Financial

Are staff members paid?

All staff and volunteers raise their own support. Staff members pay $100 a month for room and board. Staff children are an additional $25 each.

How do you cover the expenses it takes to operate Gleanings?

Faithful donors. We send out a hard copy monthly newsletter to approx. 5,000 people informing them of happenings at Gleanings. Thousands more receive an email version of the newsletter. God prompts some of these people to donate to the cost of running this ministry. We have also received donations from Christian foundations.

Who pays to ship the food?

Typically, the organization that receives the food pays the shipping costs. Donations towards shipping costs are also accepted by Gleanings.

For additional answers to seasonal questions including workday schedules, length of stay, and costs, refer to the following pages:

Volunteer Soup Season

Volunteer Fruit Season