A UNIQUE & HANDS ON WAY TO FIGHT HUNGER
Farms often grow too much food in order to account for potential losses due to weather and pests.
They generously allow volunteers to pick surplus fruits and veggies (aka glean).
This highly nutritious farm-fresh food is delivered to food pantries to feed our neighbors in need.
BE A GLEANER. SIGN UP TODAY.
Our app, LocalShareNJ, has been custom-designed to make it easier to find out about and register for volunteering events. But it’s much more than that! Get real time updates on new opportunities or changes in the volunteer schedule, get access to the extensive list of local farms and food pantries we work with, and stay connected with LocalShare staff and fellow volunteers!
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WHAT IS GLEANING?
Gleaning is harvesting surplus crops from local fields that farmers generously choose to donate. The produce may be from fields already commercially harvested, that are not profitable for the farmer to harvest from, or that the farmer grew with the purpose of donating.
Local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters have felt an extreme increase in needs this year.
With the more people they are serving – they need more food!
LocalShare, a program of the Foodshed Alliance, connects local farms’ surplus fruits & veggies with local hunger agencies and collaborates to host free produce markets to feed the hungry families in our area. Our work is at the intersection of food access, nutrition security, and food waste.
Anyone can volunteer with LocalShare:
?Visit local farms to glean surplus fruits & veggies
?Help at the Free Produce Markets – setting up, serving guests, and/or packing up
?Picking up farm surplus and delivering to your choice of local food pantries
?Spreading the word to anyone and everyone!