Boston Area Gleaners received Massachusetts Nonprofit Network's 2016 Excellence Award in the Small Nonprofit category!
Boston Area Gleaners is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization dedicated to
rescuing surplus farm crops for people in need.
We distribute high-quality, locally grown produce to food banks, pantries, and meal programs by working closely with farmers, providing volunteer labor to harvest what would otherwise be plowed under.
Leave No Crop Behind!
Gleaning is the act of collecting surplus crops from farmers' fields. In ancient times, landowners invited peasants onto their fields after the main harvest to take what was left over. Gleaning was a method of improving food security for the poor.
Today, the Boston Area Gleaners practice the same method. We organize groups of volunteers to harvest surplus crops from local farms. There are many reasons why farmers have surplus crops to donate--click here to learn about them. The high quality, nutritious fruits and vegetables are then distributed to Boston area food pantries, meal programs, and low-income markets.
In eastern MA, there are over 1,000 produce farms that could help mitigate hunger in the region by inviting gleaners onto their fields. As we grow, we hope to serve more of these farms, creating a reliable supply chain of surplus produce between local farms and our neighbors in need.
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