What is Gleaning?
Gleaning is rescuing fresh food from farms that would otherwise be unharvested or wasted. Produce is gathered in the fields or picked up after the harvest and is quickly distributed to food-insecure individuals and families in the region.
Gleaning is happening all across the country, and it is now an active program in the greater St. Louis area!
- Reduce food loss.
- Increase access to healthy, fresh, local food for food-insecure individuals and families.
- Strengthen connections between local farmers and their community (the gleaning volunteers) and increase knowledge of and appreciation for farming work.
- Receive tax benefit from donated food.
- Spread awareness of the generosity of farming businesses on social media.