Okanagan Gleaners Society was founded in the autumn of 1994 by a small group of Christian believers in the South Okanagan Valley, out of a growing concern for the hungry people of the world.
Fruit and vegetable prices in the Okanagan were sorely depressed. Meanwhile, they saw good food being wasted, un-harvested in the fields and orchards. Confronted daily by media images of people starving in other countries they felt a responsibility to salvage this God-given abundance of food.
Thus the vision for Okanagan Gleaners was born. With God’s leading they could save the surplus food and send it to the poor and needy! The gift of food would help extend the hands of missionaries reaching out to a hungry and dying world.
The Gleaners’ vision quickly became a reality. Many people joined the society. A local orchardist offered a small acreage with an old 1920’s tobacco-drying barn. Soon this building was painted and renovated into a food-processing plant. Production began in July 1996.
Our society produces mainly dried soup-mix that may contain cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, beans, peas, split peas, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, turnips, eggplant, zucchini, pot barley, potatoes and salt.
In addition, Okanagan Gleaners produces dehydrated apple and pear chips.
Since 1996 over 120 million servings have been shipped and distributed — literally around the globe. Current production averages over 6 million servings per year.
Each step along the way God has faithfully supplied our every need. We gratefully accept donations.
Perhaps God is calling you to come alongside and help.