Grazyna Fedorowicz

Director of #ForestrGleans: Blending Science and Community Service for a Healthier World

Grazyna Fedorowicz, a Molecular Diagnostics Scientist with over 25 years of experience, passionately combines her scientific expertise with a commitment to environmental and community health. Rooted in a belief that health stems from a harmonious and active lifestyle, connection with nature and community, spiritual fulfillment, and plant-rich diet, Grazyna’s approach is holistic.

Her Polish upbringing, where she cherished time in her grandparents’ garden, instilled a deep respect for food and nature. In California, witnessing massive fruit waste juxtaposed with community hunger led her to start her gleaning service in March 2020. Supported by her family and tools donated by Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan), they have significantly contributed to community well-being, redirecting thousands of pounds of produce to people in need, prior to bringing the program to ForestR in 2021.

The aim of the Castro Valley Gleans Program is to reduce food waste and alleviate food insecurity by connecting neighbors, farmers, volunteers, and food distribution partners.

This philosophy drives her current goal to continue leading and expanding the Program, while maintaining its safety and high standards. Grazyna plans to achieve this goal by recruiting more produce donors and volunteers, and developing a training program for new gleaning leads. 

Grazyna is deeply committed to making a positive impact. Her professional focus on patient health through fast and accurate diagnostics aligns with her personal mission for a healthier world. Her efforts in the Castro Valley Gleans Program, which redirected over 40,000 pounds of gleaned goods to date, are a testament to her effectiveness and reflect a life dedicated to sustainability and community service.

In summary, Grazyna Fedorowicz stands as an inspiring figure, seamlessly integrating her scientific background with her passion for nurturing healthier communities and environments.