The Gleaning Project of South Central PA
Join us to help reduce agricultural food waste, support our local farming community, and ease hunger in Adams and Franklin Counties, Pennsylvania!
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.
Partnering community needs assistance agencies, organizations, and initiatives help distribute gleaned produce to low-income community members.
Distributors, donors, and growers invite us to glean their fields or donate picked produce
"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
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.
Jay joined The Gleaning Project at the beginning of July, and will be leading the charge as we begin our Franklin County Gleaning Initiative. If you have any interest in or connections with Franklin County growers, gardeners, volunteers, or community partners, please contact us to get involved!