Gleaning is the act of harvesting and gathering excess produce or "seconds" from farms. The produce we harvest is often top quality. Other times, the produce might have small blemishes or an irregular shape. This type of food rescue enables the Foodbank to provide delicious, healthy food to our customers who might not otherwise have access to local produce.
Fresh, local produce for everyone
Each year, we distribute approximately 300,000 pounds of donated, fresh, local produce to 225 food shelves, meal sites and senior centers throughout Vermont!
How to get involved
Please register as a gleaning volunteer and we'll send you gleaning announcements. We send periodic e-mails to let volunteers know about upcoming gleans. We understand that you will participate whenever it makes the most sense for you. Some people make it a routine to glean every week, and others lend a hand one or twice a season.
At times, we need help with other tasks such as sorting and bagging produce, delivering produce, collecting boxes and hanging posters. we hear from gleaners that it is a fun, refreshing and rewarding thing to do. Please bring family and friends - gleaners of all ages are welcome!
Interested in learning more?
- Michelle Wallace, Director of Community Health and Fresh Food Initiatives, 802-477-4125, [email protected]
- Genna Williams, Gleaning & Community Outreach Coordinator – Southern Region, 802-246-0993, [email protected]
- Andrea Solazzo, Gleaning and Community Outreach Coordinator - Northern Region, 802-472-8280, [email protected]
Thank you, farmers!
Nearly 80 Vermont farms support the Vermont Foodbank, making sure Vermonters in need have access to fresh produce. A complete list of farm donors is available here. Watch the video below to help us thank our farmers!
Gleaning activities in other regions
We glean with the help of volunteers in the Lamoille Valley region and the greater Brattleboro area. Our drivers pick up produce from farms across the state on a regular basis and, on occasion, we glean with volunteer help in other regions as well. To connect with a local organization for gleaning in other regions, please contact: