Waste Not, Want Not With Gleaning
If you’ve ever heard or thought, “It’s a shame this food has to go to waste,” then you might be interested in a process called gleaning. Gleaning is the act of taking food that is unsellable or will not be harvested and donating it to people in need.
In our state, the Society of St. Andrew coordinates the Tennessee Gleaning Network, which organizes volunteers to pick up good, nutritious produce in fields and groves following a farmer’s harvest. After collecting the food, the items are then delivered to local food pantries, soup kitchens and other agencies to assist helping people experiencing poverty or hunger. Since this organization began in 1979, it has provided more than 14 million pounds of produce to communities across the state.
To volunteer or donate food, visit the website at endhunger.org/tennessee or contact (615) 878-9233.