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Ag Against Hunger

Ag Against Hunger is now a core program of the Grower-Shipper Foundation

Ag Against Hunger is a community-based program that organizes and partners with local growers and shippers to bring the community together, and further Ag Education and Childhood Nutrition by gleaning surplus fruits and vegetables and distributing them to our food banks locally in the Tri County area of the Central Coast.

During Covid 19, the program coordinated with the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program to deliver over 100,000 food boxes to local growers for their workers and to local school districts.

Ag Against Hunger, in conjunction with GSAF, will continue to host their popular Ag Women of the Year luncheon as well as the entertaining ag industry mascot race at the California Rodeo. Several Ag Against Hunger Board members will continue to serve on the Ag Against Hunger committee within the Foundation.


We are happy to bring volunteers back out to the most fun you will have spending time in the dirt, while helping to feed the hungry!!

We are partnering with the Food Bank for Monterey County on their farm.

All community members over the age of 10 are eligible to glean. We welcome all community youth groups, corporate team building groups, leadership members, and individuals to sign up for a glean date.

Signups are on a first come first served basis and are limited to 40 people total per glean. Dates are subject to change or cancellation due to weather and other scenarios beyond our control.

Please email your interest to Lisa Dobbins at Grower-Shipper Foundation/Ag Against Hunger at or call 831-422-9007.

Thank you to our friends at the California Rodeo Salinas for Many Years of Support with the Produce Mascot Race!

The California Rodeo Salinas has raised over $100,000 for Ag Against Hunger!


Thank you to the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival 2021 for supporting our Ag Against Hunger Program!

2019 Ag Woman of the Year – Congratulations Silvia Prevedelli

November 5, 2019 (831) 422-9007
Winner of 26th Annual Ag Woman of the Year Award

Salinas, CA – Silvia Prevedelli was recognized as the 2019 Agricultural Woman of the Year for Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties at an annual event hosted by Ag Against Hunger and the Grower Shipper Association Foundation on September 20, at the new Ted Taylor Ag Vocational Center located at Rancho Cielo in Salinas, CA.

The Agricultural Woman of the Year award seeks to honor women who demonstrate extraordinary acts of leadership while working within the local agricultural industry. These acts include creating systematic change for agriculture through production, public policy, consumer awareness and volunteerism, performing as a spokesperson for agriculture and encouraging community support.

Silvia Prevedelli first came to America from Italy in 1966. She did not know anything about farming, but she became involved in the farm, as she worked side-by-side with her husband Frank. Through the years, Silvia’s vision of adopting the natural farming practices of her native Italy, has proven to be an unmitigated success. Her commitment to agriculture extends well beyond the borders of her family farm with her extensive volunteerism in her community and the state. With her mantra, “No matter how long you are in farming, you are always learning”, Silvia is an inspiring role model for many generations to come.

This year, Ag Against Hunger celebrated becoming the latest program of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation. The Ag Woman of the Year will remain a steadfast program under the new structure. This new partnership, will also allow, Ag Against Hunger to focus on the educational gleaning program which has been delivered hands-on harvest experience to children and adults alike for the last two decades.

Previous winners of the Ag Women of the Year, which include: Sharan Lanini (1994); Claudia Smith (1995); Karen Miller (1996); Susan Gill (1997); Betty Ichikawa (1998); Mary Hansen (1999); Elia Vasquez (2000); Connie Quinlan (2001); Kay Filice (2002); Dorothy Errea (2003); Nita Gizdich (2004); Mary Orradre (2005); Lorri Koster (2006), Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin (2007), Celeste Settrini (2008), Darlene Din (2009), Karen Antle (2010), Abby-Taylor Silva (2011), Mari Rossi (2012), Georgeann Cowles Eiskamp (2013) and Mikel Ann Miller (2014), Vivien Lindley (2015), Cathy Alameda (2016), Tonya Antle (2017), April Mackie (2019)

All proceeds from this event benefit Ag Against Hunger by increasing gleaning opportunities, educational and health-focused programming.


The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and educate about the health, social and cultural benefits of agriculture to the community and society as a whole.

For information about upcoming Gleaning events, contact Alicia at 831-422-9007 or email her at if you have any questions.

Photo: Silvia Prevedelli and Jess Brown

The 26th Annual Woman of the Year luncheon was held this year at the new Ted Taylor Ag Vocational Building on September 20, 2019 at Rancho Cielo in Salinas, Ca.

We are proud to have awarded Silvia Prevedelli with the Ag Woman of the Year Award. Silvia is a true “Ag-Vocate”