Volunteer Soup Season
If you have a heart for missions – specifically to feed the hungry of the world – come join us as a Mission Builder. Mission Builders are volunteers who serve anywhere from 2 weeks to three months. Mission Builders are required to complete the mission builder application linked below.
Week-long teams are also welcome, whether you are a church group, a home school family, or just a group of friends who want to volunteer. Gleanings For The Hungry is the perfect place to serve for a short time, yet make a lasting impact.
Volunteers work 5 days a week. Room and board is provided for a donation. Beginning in January, we blend and package soup mix. Thousands of pounds of dehydrated vegetables and spices are donated and volunteers help us blend and package it to produce a healthy, nutritious soup. Construction, maintenance, and renovations to our facilities are also carried out during the soup season.
What is a typical day like?
Our day starts at 7 am with breakfast in the dining hall followed at 8 am by a time of worship, devotions, and prayer. Around 9:15 am, we have a 15 minute coffee/snack break and then begin work. From 12 pm-1 pm, we have a lunch break and then work again until 3 pm, when we enjoy a 15 minute break for refreshments. The work day finishes around 5 pm. (Each department may have work hours adjusted to its particular needs.) Dinner is served at 5:30 pm.
Monday nights after dinner, you are welcome to attend our Mission’s Night, where one of our staff members will share about our ministry and food distribution abroad. You are invited to join the staff on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6 am-7 am for a time of prayer in our prayer room.
Mission Builders, your job will be assigned according to the needs of Gleanings at the time you arrive. We strive to place you in your area of expertise and interest, but it is not always possible. Please come with an open heart and a willingness to serve in whatever capacity you are needed. Weekends are free for resting, exploring, and attending the church of your choice.
How long can we stay?
During the soup season we′re very flexible, anywhere form one week to three months, depending on housing availability.
Where will I be living while at Gleanings For The Hungry?
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 story. We have limited ground floor accommodation available. The 10-room unit also features one fully equipped handicapped accessible room. Our main facilities are all wheel chair accessible too. Dormitory style rooms with 5 – 9 beds are also available. Bathroom facilities are in close proximity. We also have 20 RV spaces available. Most spaces provide full service, please check with bookings concerning availability and your needs.
Laundry Facilities are available. Our washing machines require HE Soap ONLY. Our suggested donation is $1.00 per load.
What are the standards of conduct at Gleanings?
Gleanings For The Hungry is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), a missionary organization whose goal is to know God and to make Him known. Our desire is that our life style – living, learning, and working together – will support this goal. We trust you′ll experience a combination of godliness and naturalness that will be refreshing. By our love for one another and our way of life we hope to project a Christian testimony both on campus and around town.
What is there to do during our free time?
Sequoia National Park is located 40 minutes away and Yosemite National Park is a two hour drive away. Both are amazing parks in which to spend the day. We are 40 minutes southeast of Fresno and a 20 minute drive north from Visalia. More information about various tourist sites in the vicinity is available on the Internet. On campus you’ll find a pool, board games and puzzles, and a lounge with a TV.
What do I wear?
Dress is casual; we are informal, also for chapel. For Women: Please bring modest attire this is comfortable for working. For Men: No suits necessary. Men are expected to wear shirts or tank tops at all times while on campus, except when engaging in sporting events. Everyone: You might want to bring a set of nicer clothing for the weekly Love Feast, a special evening set aside to express our thanks to you for serving with us.
Do I need to bring my own sheets and towels?
We provide linens and towels.
How do I receive mail while I′m there?
Mailing address :
P.O. BOX 309
Sultana, CA 93666
Is it possible to get e-mail there?
Yes. During your time of service here, you may use the computer in the Mission Builder’s Lounge. If you bring a laptop, wireless internet connection is available.
E-mail: [email protected]