Donating - For Backyards, Orchards, and Small Farms

Backyard Bounty is a program of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County that harvests excess produce and donates it to local Food Bank agencies to be distributed to food insecure individuals around the county.

Register Your Backyard Bounty:

Can't harvest yourself? If you have more than 100 pieces of fruit, we can provide volunteers and equipment to help harvest your produce. * PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE VERY BUSY FROM DECEMBER _ MARCH AND WILL HAVE A 2-3 WEEK WAITING PERIOD FOR MOST HARVESTS*

We properly train, supervise and hold liability coverage for all volunteers who glean with us. From small scale farms to large grower cooperatives, Backyard Bounty has the capacity to harvest any size farm.

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Did You Know?

Home owners can get help harvesting:

  • Excess fruit from trees in your backyard

Farms can get help harvesting and transporting:

  • Quality produce that is no longer commercially viable
  • Weather damaged crops
  • Produce from bypassed fields
  • Non-machine harvestable crops
  • Pollinator trees
  • Secondary growth

Donate Your Backyard Bounty:

Do you have fresh produce to donate? Drop off your harvested fruits and vegetables at either of our warehouse locations. We are open weekdays from 7:30 AM to 3 PM.

Locations
Santa Barbara Warehouse (map)
4554 Hollister Avenue Santa Barbara, Ca 93110
Call: 805-967-5741
Santa Maria Warehouse (map)
490 West Foster Road, Santa Maria, Ca 93455
Call: 805-937-8750

Backyard Bounty will pick up crops which have already been harvested. Bins are available upon request for large harvests.


Benefits:

AB152 -10% tax credit to California growers donating to Food Banks: Effective January 1, 2012, farmers can claim a state tax credit for 10 percent of the inventory costs of fresh fruits and vegetables California growers donate to California Food Banks. This state tax donation credit is additional to the deduction already allowed to taxpayers on their federal returns for general donations to a charitable organization.

AB152 Fact Sheet

Protection:

We properly train, supervise and hold liability coverage for all volunteers who glean with us. We are happy to provide a certificate of coverage if necessary.

Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act - In 1996, President Clinton signed this act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need. This law:

  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;
  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient;
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and
  • Sets a floor of "gross negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person."

More information: Feeding America.


Questions? Concerns? Contact us at: backyardbounty@foodbanksbc.org