World Hunger Week has come and gone, but the issues of food insecurity affect our community everyday.
This past week made us reflect on hunger on an international, national, and local scale.
It reminded us that one out of every two children in Pennsylvania are eligible for food assistance.
It reminded us that one in five seniors can’t afford enough food to live a healthy, active, lifestyle.
It reminded us of how unjust our food system is, when soda and junk food is more accessible than fresh fruits and veggies.
It reminded us of the effects that poor nutrition has on our physical and mental health.
It reminded us that every single one of us has the power to make a difference.
It inspires us to fight for change.
Missed out on some of our World Hunger Week events?
Scroll down to see what we’ve been up to.
Interested in getting involved with The Gleaning Project’s efforts to reduce food loss and feed families?
Check out the “How Can I Help” tab on our website.
Help us get free, fresh, local, fruits and veggies onto the plates of folks in need in our community this holiday season.
Volunteer your time. Make a small monetary donation. Donate an item off of our “most wanted” list.
Be the change you want to see in our community.
Well, this 2016 season of gleaning… we hope will last ’til Thanksgiving.
The weather’s gonna decide for us though.
That wind knocking on my window right now has a mind of its own. There’s a hard frost headed our way this coming Wednesday. And does anyone remember that time it snowed around Halloween a couple years back?
All to say, we get what we get. We, you, The Gleaning Project, will make the most and best of whatever we’re presented with in these next, few, short weeks.
We’ll be pushing hard, trying to save as much good food for our neighbors in need, to reduce hunger and improve nutrition in South Central PA, while we still have the chance this 2016 season.
Pictured above, a local cucumber field getting mowed down last week in preparation for planting fall crops. Every bit of yellow in that picture is – was – a perfectly good cucumber… Now it’s all food loss.
That farmer is nothappy about mowing down the delicious, nutritious fruit of so much labor. If they had a better option they would take it…
Our first Super Glean of the 2016 season. 34 volunteers. 1400 lbs of sweet corn!
Winch loading into our mobile walk-in cooler… Look ma, no hands!
Practice unloading our mobile walk-in cooler. That’s 600 lbs of cucumbers
Franklin Counties walk-in cooler on any given Thursday.
Still lots more work to do. Lots more food left out in fields. Save the veggies!
Some recent photos to share. We’re always (still!) amazed at just how much food – really good food – is out here on local farms and orchards that would otherwise go to waste if The Gleaning Project wasn’t there to connect our local growers to those in our community in need who can put these fresh fruits and vegetables to the best use possible.
The PATH ACT (“Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes”) just passed in December, 2015 is federal legislation designed to make donating excess produce to a nonprofit like South Central Community Action Programs – under which The Gleaning Project is housed – easier and more financially rewarding for small and mid-sized growers.
Hoo. Ray : D
Tax law prior to 2016 was not particularly helpful to small and mid-sized farm businesses that wanted to donated produce…