Gleaning

gleaningThe Vermont Foodbank operates the state’s largest gleaning program. Gleaning is the act of harvesting excess vegetables from farm fields. Oftentimes the produce is top quality. Other times it may be irregularly shaped or has small blemishes. The Vermont Foodbank’s Gleaning Program works with over 600 volunteers to harvest and gather produce that may otherwise go to waste. This type of food rescue enables the Foodbank to provide healthy, local food to Vermonters who are at risk of hunger.

Each year, we distribute approximately 465,000 pounds of fresh, local produce to Vermonters through food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, housing sites, schools and hospitals throughout the state.

 

How to Get Involved

We need your help gleaning at area farms this season! Gleaning is a fun, family-friendly volunteer opportunity and a great way to spend time on our beautiful Vermont farms. Some people make it a routine to glean every week, and others lend a hand once or twice a season. Additionally, we are happy to host large school, corporate or community groups and can schedule dates months in advance. Please register below as a gleaning volunteer and we’ll send you email announcements about upcoming gle