|Sharing the Harvest with Vermonters in Need|
by Genna Williams
Improving access to fresh, healthy produce for Vermonters who need food assistance is a top priority for the Vermont Foodbank.
And while the Foodbank works with a number of partners and a variety of services and programs aimed at distributing fresh food, their Gleaning Program is the one I know best.
My name is Genna Williams, and I am the Foodbank’s gleaning and community outreach coordinator for the southern region.
Gleaning is the act of harvesting and gathering surplus or “seconds” from farms.
Relying on a network of hundreds of volunteers, the Vermont Foodbank collects fresh, nutritious food that might otherwise go to waste and delivers it to Vermonters in need through a network of 225 partner food shelves and meal sites, as well as at schools, healthcare facilities and low income housing sites.
Each year, thanks to the support of nearly 80 Vermont farms, the Vermont Foodbank distributes approximately 400,000 pounds of fresh, Vermont produce to our neighbors who might not otherwise have access to local produce.
It’s a winning situation all around. Growers who have extra produce find a good home for their edibles beyond the compost pile; the Foodbank’s partner food shelves and meal sites get much-needed fresh food for their clients; and the gleaners get to give back to their communities.
Improving access to fresh, healthy produce for Vermonters who need food assistance wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of Vermont farmers and the assistance of each and every volunteer.
About the Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and youth programs.
In FY2015, the Vermont Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.
Learn more at vtfoodbank.org
if you are a Shareholder at the Co-op, and you would like to glean vegetables for shareholder hours, please let us know.