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Harvest Rescue


The Nelson Food Cupboard Harvest Rescue program gleans fresh produce, with  the help of  trained volunteers, from backyard gardens in the Nelson area and vegetables from nearby farms. This produce, that would otherwise go to waste, is then shared with people living on low incomes through the Nelson Food Cupboard and other social service organizations.

Watch a news clip of Harvest Rescue in action. 

The program is in operation from early-summer to late-fall when produce is available for harvest. One third of the harvest goes to the donor, one third to the volunteer and one third to the Nelson Food Cupboard (or another social service organization) to distribute. On average, Harvest Rescue gleans 10,000 pounds of produce every year. This reduces food waste in our community, and bear-human interactions, while also contributing to our food security.

Ways to get involved:

Volunteer to harvest fruit or vegetables once or many times throughout the season. Volunteers learn the advantages of sourcing food locally, are trained in proper harvesting techniques, make new friends, and take home fruit! This program relies greatly on volunteer power to support our harvesting efforts. The main tasks include picking, sorting and transporting fruit. As a way of saying thanks, we offer our volunteers a 1/3 portion of the harvest to take home. There is also a small orientation package to go over before participating. Please click the link below and  fill out the short information form so we can learn how to work best with you. Immediately below that, you’ll see our waiver. This also must be filled out and signed. ‘just a little paperwork and you’ll be on your way!



Offer your fruit tree(s) to be gleaned. Our volunteers will pick the fruit. Harvest Rescue relies on local homeowners who can offer up their fruit trees and/or garden produce to share with the community. Our focus is on picking fruit within the City of Nelson; though, depending on need and volunteer capacity, we can accommodate picks in neighbouring communities. Donors are offered a 1/3 portion of any fruit harvested. Please note that Harvest Rescue cannot accept worm-infested, over ripe, wind fallen, bruised or slashed fruit. Click the link below to fill out the quick tree registration form–or call us at 250-551-8343.


Donate your own surplus fresh produce. It can be dropped off at the Nelson Food Cupboard on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9 am and 1 pm or by appointment.

Want to volunteer or donate?
Heather Keczan, the Harvest Rescue Coordinator, wants to hear from you. Phone: 250-551-VEGE (8343) — Email: