The Gleaning Project of South Central PA

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Join us to help reduce agricultural food waste, support our local farming community, and ease hunger in Adams and Franklin Counties, Pennsylvania!

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Our Mission

Want to learn more? An informed community is a strong community! We encourage our participants to get to know the agricultural community of which they are a part, as well as to learn more about food sustainability and food justice.

Adams and Franklin Counties are areas rich in agricultural assets and community support. We work with existing resources to combat the food insecurity that faces 20% of all Pennsylvania residents, including 26% of seniors and families with children. 

Want to be part of a food justice flash mob? Not to sound corny (pardon the pun), but that's exactly what The Gleaning Project does! When farmers have excess, unsalable but edible food in the fields, we gather volunteers and head out. All the food goes to local needs assistance agencies, like food pantries and shelters. 

A family or individual is "food insecure" when they cannot consistently access enough nutritious food to lead healthy, active lives. 20% of Pennsylvania's population, including 1 in 5 children, are unsure of their next meal. Often, fresh, nutritious produce is one of the scarcest resources for food insecure families and a balanced diet is cost prohibitive. Chronic food insecurity can  lead to weakened immune systems, decreased performance at work or school, developmental issues, and an increased risk of chronic diseases. 

What is food insecurity?

Who contributes?


Community members give their time and energy to get food from fields to forks

Community Agencies

Partnering community needs assistance agencies, organizations, and initiatives help distribute gleaned produce to low-income community members.

Growers and Donors

Distributors, donors, and growers invite us to glean their fields or donate picked produce


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"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in."- Marjorie Moore

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In our inaugural season, The Gleaning Project salvaged  57,604 pounds of food  in Adams County alone and brought nutritious fresh produce to  5,186 community members  who may not have otherwise been able to afford it. We're excited to be in our first full season in Adams County and to begin expanding into Franklin County.

Get Ready for Empty Bowls!

Eat Soup. Fight Hunger. Is it really that simple?
Yes! Come to the Empty Bowls fundraising dinner on April 17th 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Gettysburg College Plank Gym, eat soup and help us FIGHT HUNGER!

Now if you really want to get fancy, you can add an extra step: Make bowls. Eat Soup. Fight Hunger. Under the Horizon Pottery and Arts Studio in Biglerville is offering a special discounted workshop series for people who want to make bowls for this event but are inexperienced potters! To register, email Cathleen at cathleen@underthehorizon.ner or call her at 717.752.4593. Check out the workshop details below.

WAIT A SECOND! Don't know what "Empty Bowls" is? No problem. It's really simple. Local artists, restaurants, and bakeries donate handmade pottery bowls, soup, and bread. Community members show up to the event and purchase a ticket for $15. And then we have a big party with live music, awesome food, and really cool art! At the end, you take your bowl home to keep as a reminder of those who remain hungry in the community. This event is supported by The Gettysburg College Art Alliance, Art & Art History Dept., Ceramics Club, CPS, and South Central Community Action Programs. All proceeds go directly to funding The Gleaning Project!