Community Harvest Program - Community Harvest Volunteer

The Sources Food Hub “Waste No Bites” program envisions a community that shares our excess of fresh food to others who might otherwise go without.  As we watch a harvest journey from being picked off a tree to being served with a family meal, we have reduced food wastage and created a healthier community for all.  


Community Harvest Volunteers are passionate about reducing food waste and addressing hunger in the City of Surrey.  Community Harvest Volunteers commit a minimum of twice a month (seasonally) in harvesting fresh food from homes, city property and farms that would otherwise go to waste.  Of the gleaned harvest, one-third respectively is given to the home-owners, volunteers and community organizations such as the local Food Bank or meal programs. 


To be successful, Community Harvest Volunteers should have:


  • Enthusiasm and passion about addressing hunger and food waste.
  • Safety-oriented; follow safety instructions from your team lead and collaborate with team.
  • Respect for home-owners’ property and privacy; represent Sources in a professional way.
  • Comfortable working outside.
  • A truck capable of transporting boxes of produce, ladders and fruit pickers is an asset.
  • Volunteers driving the Sources’ Food Truck must have a valid Class 5 driver’s license and clean Driver’s Record.
  • Physically fit and able to lift heavy boxes weighing a minimum of 20 lbs.
  • Willingness to complete a criminal record check and waiver.
  • You must be aged 16 or older to volunteer without adult supervision.  Families are welcome!


Tasks include:


  • Pick up supplies from designated location as required.
  • Attend a brief on-location safety orientation prior to pick.
  • Pick fruit.
  • Deliver fruit to designated locations as required.
  • Return supplies to designated location as required.
  • Savor fresh fruit with friends and family when you return home.

Time Commitment: 

  • Minimum of 2 picks/month with each pick taking approximately 2 hours each. 
  • Fruit picking season runs from June to November; weather-dependant.


Additional Information: Bring a reusable water bottle, snack, hat, and sunscreen. Wear closed toe shoes for safety.  We harvest even during the rain so please be weather-wary and dress appropriately.


What are the benefits?


Volunteers with the Community Harvest program have the rewarding opportunity in effecting change in a way that is hands-on and immediate.  You will support local home-owners/renters in nurturing their fruit trees to encourage further growth.  You will be addressing food insecurity by ensuring fresh produce is delivered to people who use the Food Bank.  You will also be PART OF THE ACTION in reducing food waste to fight climate change.  


The benefits don’t stop there.  This is an opportunity to learn more about your local community’s commitment to reducing food waste, and how food systems are affected by the seasonality of locally grown produce.  Of course, you take home a portion of the produce harvested to enjoy with friends and family.

COVID-19 safety protocols:

You are asked not to register for a gleaning event if, within the last 14 days, you have:

  • Traveled internationally
  • Had contact with someone who tests positive
  • Had COVID-19 symptoms

Regretfully, youth under the age of 14 years old cannot volunteer with the Community Harvest Program at this time.  Additionally, all gleaning events will be limited to a maximum of 5 volunteers to ensure proper physical distancing.

When you arrive at the gleaning location, you will be screened for:

  • Recent international travel
  • Attendance at an identified risk setting
  • Contact with someone who has tested positive
  • COVID-19 symptoms using the BC Ministry of Health assessment questionnaire.

Following the screening, you will then be orientated on all safety measures and protocols to prevent transmission of COVID-19 during the gleaning event.  It includes:

  • Maintaining a 2 metre physical distance at all times
  • Handwashing and sanitizing procedures, including the location of the handwashing station
  • Distribution of PPE equipment if you have not already brought your own
  • Mask-wearing at all times
  • Respiratory etiquette
  • Tool and equipment practices:
    • Each tool is handled by one volunteer only (colour-coded for ease of identification)
    • All equipment will be sanitized between uses
    • The Sources vehicle is driven by Sources staff only when possible.
  • Harvest care – placed in lined bins and labeled “Sources Food Hub”.
  • Procedure for monitoring and reporting symptoms during the volunteer work.


Qualifications Required

  • Are you over the age of 16? Must be Yes
  • How much can you comfortable lift and carry? Must be 20 lbs and more
  • I agree that I have read and understood the Community Harvest Volunteer Orientation Handbook that can be found in the box to the right Must be Yes
  • I agree that I have read the Community Harvest Indemnity and Release of Liability and I fully understand and accept its terms. Must be Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Sunday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening