How does gleaning work?

Farmers agree to open their fields or orchards to volunteers to collect food left over after the harvest. Sometimes, they will even allow volunteers to harvest crops if market forces make them uneconomical to harvest otherwise. A Society of St. Andrew gleaning coordinator arranges for volunteers to go into the donated fields and orchards to pick up the perfectly edible food left behind. The gleaning coordinator arranges for the food to be either delivered to, or picked up by, local agencies serving the hungry – at no cost to them. More about the Gleaning Network