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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GLEANING MAKES A COMEBACK


Gleaning is a concept that goes back to antiquity and is still protected by law in Europe, but is not extensively practiced in the U.S. But in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, gathering excess, unused produce and fruit in farm fields and orchards for distribution to the area's many food pantries and meal programs is an idea whose time has come. Franklin County's Gleaning Project, which began last year collects excess, unsalable but still perfectly good food from farmers, orchardists, and home gardeners then redistributes it to the community's neediest citizens. Last year, the project rescued over 25,000 pounds of fresh, local produce from area farms and gardens that would have otherwise have gone to waste. Instead  that food went to 27 different community partners for distribution to the needy.
Source: Public Opinion Online, 8/19/15, Gleaning