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The Golden Empire Gleaners works with hundreds of agencies and organizations to provide food to families and individuals in need. Most of our clients are by referral from our partnering agencies.

Referring Agencies:

County of Kern: Contact your case worker if your receive any service from the county such as Cash Aid, CalFresh, Mental Health, etc.  All other Kern County areas, please call: (800) 273-2275

Schools: Contact your child's school office - Bakersfield City School District and most Kern County high schools make referrals.

Churches: If you are a member of a congregation, ask if your church is a partnering organization - the Golden Empire Gleaners partner with many local churches.


The Senior Sack Program has been operating continuously for over 29 years at 24 different sites throughout Kern County.

Eligible Seniors whose annual income is $15,000 or below must register at a site in their local area.

The Golden Empire Gleaners delivers food to each site twice a month to be distributed to registered seniors. Each "Senior Sack" offers 10-12 items including fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, boxed staples and canned food.

The Senior Sack program is designed to provide both a health benefit of providing fresh, nutritious food and a mental health benefit by providing social interaction and activities at each site as seniors pick up their food. By having seniors come in-person, they are introduced to information about other supportive services available to them.


The Oil Can Do It campaign kicks off in June each year. Oil companies throughout Kern County go head to head to help fight hunger in Kern County. 



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