FROM FARMS TO FAMILIES
Boston Area Gleaners is committed to supporting an equitable, just, and sustainable local food system. By working closely with farmers, volunteers, and hunger relief agencies, we work to power a supply chain from farms to those in need, reduce food waste, and promote long-term farm sustainability.
Since our founding in 2004, we remain the region's only on-farm gleaning organization, and are uniquely poised to bridge a critical gap in our food system—between the up to 40% of crops that go unharvested in farmers' fields and the 1 in 7 Massachusetts residents (including 1 in 5 households with children) that are food-insecure. Throughout the harvest season, we organize volunteer trips to local farms to gather high-quality fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be plowed under, for distribution to agencies serving food-insecure families.
With the help of our volunteers and partners, we have been able to grow to rescue and distribute over 1 million pounds of produce for our community annually, and serve as a major supplier to hundreds of hunger relief organizations in the region.
Get involved today by donating to our cause, volunteering with us on a glean, and following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
BOSTON AREA GLEANERS STRATEGIC PLAN
Our Strategic Plan is a roadmap towards a more just and resilient food landscape. As we move forward together, we aim to expand collaborations across the food chain, broaden the impact of our core programs, and sustain operations to serve our food system year-round.
Read the plan to learn more about where we're headed in the coming years.
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