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 County, Pennsylvania by improving access to nutritious, fresh produce for our low-income community members using existing resources in partnership with local growers, distributors, and community agencies!
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.
Community members give their time and energy to get food from fields to forks
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
This year alone, The Gleaning Project has salvaged 57,604 pounds of food in Adams County and brought nutritious fresh produce to 5,186 community members who may not have otherwise been able to afford it.
Join us Friday, April 11th 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Gettysburg College Fountain for good art and good eats in the name of a great cause!
In conjunction with the Gettysburg College Arts Society (of the Art & Art History Department) and The Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College, The Gleaning Project is hosting our first ever Empty Bowls Fundraising dinner. Come on out for a unique ceramic bowl handmade by local artists and a delicious meal of soup and bread donated by local restaurants. Admission is $10.