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 County is an area 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

a BIG "Thank you!" FROM sccap

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.


The Empty Bowls Fundraising Dinner was a great success! Despite the rain, approximately 250 people joined us to gather around great food and great art for a great cause. The Gleaning Project is now $2,700 closer to being fully funded!

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the individuals, groups, businesses, artists, patrons, and volunteers who made this possible!

We would especially like to thank:

Our co-hosts:

The Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College

The Gettysburg College Art Alliance, Art, and Art History Department

Our donors:

The Ceramics Students at Gettysburg College

Katie Durr

Under the Horizon Pottery and Arts Studio

Studio 125

Mckessen House

Three Springs Fruit Farm

SCCAP Food Service Development Program (SCCAP Cafe)

The Ugly Mug Cafe at Cockle's COrner

Pamona's Woodfired Bakery

The Blue and Gray Bar and Gill

Cafe St. Amand

The Blue Parrot BIstro

The Garryowen Irish Pub

The Ragged Edge Cofeehouse

Sidney at Willoughby Run



To learn more, and see pictures from the event go here.

To get involved with future events, go here!