Second Harvest Gleaning Project
"Harvesting for the Hungry"
To capture surplus produce from farmers' fields and backyard fruit trees to feed hungry people throughout the Inland Northwest.
How It Works
Gleaning is an ancient practice, dating back several thousand years as a way to help disadvantaged members of the community. It's an extremely effective way to increase the amount of healthy food available for those in need. Second Harvest collaborates with local farmers and residential fruit tree owners who are interested in donating their surplus crops.
Groups, families, and individuals of all ages are all welcome to join us during gleaning events. All we ask is that our volunteers fill out a liability waiver prior to participating.
• Second Harvest Liability Waiver
Gleaning is a great way to prevent unnecessary waste and accumulate volunteer hours, all while feeding people in need. Opportunities start in early summer and continue through fall. Feel free to contact Kate Burke (below) for more information.
Farmers and Orchardists
Residential Fruit Tree Owners
Residents of Spokane County with backyard fruit trees can have their produce picked by our gleaning volunteers as a donation to the local food bank. Tree owners must call to register their tree(s) and then contact Second Harvest when the fruit is ripe. Volunteers will then pick the fruit and deliver it the most appropriate food bank. Fruit must be worm-free.
Our Harvest Coordinator
Kate was born and raised in Spokane and has a passion for helping her local community. She is serving a one year term as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer heading up the "Gleaning Project" and "Plant a Row for the Hungry" initiatives for Second Harvest. She is passionate about community and food. In her spare time, she loves to bike and have potlucks.
To donate your crops for harvest or volunteer with our gleaning efforts, feel free to contact Kate:
• (509) 252-6272
The Gleaning Project is a collaborative effort between Second Harvest and the statewide Harvest Against Hunger gleaning program run by Seattle's Rotary First Harvest.
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