Food Gleaners Sought

May 4, 2019 by

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! A group of people concerned about food insecurity for area residents has started a gleaning group.

Gleaning, or food rescue, is defined by the Maine Gleaning Network as “gathering of produce after or during an active harvest and donating the produce to humans rather than for compost or for animal feed. The produce gleaned could be used for direct distribution to those in need of emergency food or it could be processed at a soup kitchen.”

Gleaners gather leftover produce right out of the field after a harvest, sort through already harvested foods, and gather unsold produce after a farmers’ market. Gleaned food will then be donated to local food pantries, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens.

We are looking for people who care about food insecurity and who have a flexible schedule. Once we know of a gleaning opportunity, we will send an e-blast with date/time/place. If you are available, reply to the sender. We understand you may not be available each time. Our goal is to get 5-8 people for each gleaning opportunity. We have no idea how often these opportunities will occur.

If you are interested in being added to our “Gleaners’ List,” contact Steve at stephendewitt@gmail.com.

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