Despite our rainy, cool spring, gleaning* season is upon us!

Slowly but surely, the Foodshed Alliance’s LocalShare program is getting calls from area farmers letting us know they have surplus food they would like to donate to those in need.

In three hours or so over two days, a dozen LocalShare volunteers harvested 872 lbs. of farm-fresh leaf lettuce at Godlewsky Farm in Great Meadows. This bounty was delivered by volunteers to a number of area food pantries for distribution to their clients. Since most of what is available through food pantries is shelf-stable, non-perishable food, fresh vegetables straight from the farm is a welcomed and nutritious addition.

Last year, working with generous area farms, LocalShare delivered nearly 90,000 lbs. of food to food pantries throughout northern New Jersey.

Interested in becoming a LocalShare volunteer? Sign up here to be notified of upcoming gleaning opportunities. We need drivers, too!

*Gleaning is an ancient tradition dating back to the Old Testament of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields (after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest) to distribute to those in need.