The Gleaning Project is South Central Pennsylvania's collaborative, nonprofit effort to reduce food loss on local farms, and increase food security in our communities. We are part of South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP).
The Gleaning Project's mission is to:
Connect our community
Make good use of agricultural excess
Reduce hunger and improve nutrition in Adams and Franklin County, PA
South Central Pennsylvania is so agriculturally abundant. Franklin County is the 2nd most vegetable-producing county in PA. Adams County is one of the top 5 apple-producing counties in the USA.
On average, 20% of food grown never leaves the farm, through no fault of the farmer. This is perfectly good food that is not profitable to pick.
Our staff and hundreds of volunteers work with our region's largest farms and orchards, dozens of backyard gardeners, and everyone in between to glean and distribute this food to anyone in our community who is unable to afford fresh fruits and vegetables.
We harvest from local farms and pick up excess from packinghouses and markets. Growers call us when they have product for gleaning, we send out the call for volunteers, and go save some food! To find our more about our generous growers, click here.
The produce is distributed to over 100 community partners! We partner with anyone working to reduce hunger, improve nutrition, and strengthen the health of our community including food pantries, free community meals, shelters, senior centers, after-school organizations, weekend backpack programs, and WIC offices - among many others. To find out more about our community partners click here.