Gleaning

We work with farmers in Missouri and Kansas to glean their fields and orchards after the harvest, to gather up produce left behind by mechanical equipment and pickers. This fresh, locally grown food is delivered to food pantries and feeding agencies in close proximity to the farm where it is gleaned.

Already Picked and Packed

We also work with excess, graded out, or rejected produce that cannot be sold for market reasons. This food may come from commercial farms, produce packing companies, grocery stores, farmers’ markets and more. We work in Missouri and Kansas, and can locate nearby food banks that will take larger quantities, and food pantries and agencies that will take smaller quantities.

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Spring brings “a shift in the air”…and VEG Squad gathering May 10

From After the Harvest Volunteer Coordinator Mariah Friend: Spring is finally here and personally, I can’t wait to get back in the field! The fragrant lilacs are blooming and my nose is filled with the promise of soon-to-be-tasted ripe strawberries and fresh tomatoes. I can feel the shift in the air as farmers busy themselves [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|ATH Happenings|0 Comments

Hunger hits home during the holiday season

From Mariah Friend, After the Harvest Gleaning Coordinator: The weather outside finally looks like December--the clouds are gray and there has been a sprinkling of snow on the ground. We’ve had our multiple  hard frosts, which means the gleaning season is winding down (although we're still planning our final one for tomorrow!), just as we make [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Fundraising Opportunities, Healthy food for hungry people|0 Comments

Mariah looks back at the gleaning season and “the circle of appreciation”

From ATH Gleaning Coordinator Mariah Friend: “Thank you for helping make our dream a reality,” Ron says to me after wiping beads of sweat from his brow. A cooling breeze ripples through the trees, offering a nice break from the heat. As far as I can see there is only prairie grass and rolling hills. [...]

By | October 22nd, 2016|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

What does hunger look like?

From Mandy Caruso-Yahne, Director of Community Engagement at Episcopal Community Services and After the Harvest marketing committee: Many of us know that hunger is an issue for lots of Americans, but have you ever thought about who those hungry people are and what they look like? What their lives are like? It’s not just the guy standing [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|Healthy food for hungry people, Our Friends|0 Comments

Take in the beauty and bounty! Glean blackberries Tue. at a farm near St. Jo

Probably our last round of blackberry picking! Bring the kids and let's pick what's left for area food pantries Tuesday, July 19, 7:30-10:30 a.m.--Gleaning blackberries at a farm near St. Joseph, MO. This is a short drive in the country to a beautiful farm outside of St Jo! This generous farmer is giving us the [...]

By | July 17th, 2016|ATH Happenings, Volunteer Gleaning Alerts|0 Comments

Mike Zakoura encourages understanding hunger…then acting

From ATH Advisory Board and Marketing Committee member Mike Zakoura: "Help me to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves." That is a prayer said each day for our dog, but it has much broader implications. It certainly means the silent sentient being. It can mean to speak for those who have no voice, in your [...]

By | July 13th, 2016|Healthy food for hungry people|0 Comments

After the Harvest provides 1.5 million lbs. of produce to area hungry people this year

Health Care Foundation support is key to securing more fruits, vegetables Potatoes, squash, tomatoes, sweet potatoes – After the Harvest (ATH) is bringing them in by the truckload! From Staff: As of May, 2016, ATH has provided more than 1.5 million pounds of fresh, nutritious produce this year to area food pantries and food banks to [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|ATH Happenings, Healthy food for hungry people|0 Comments

Kohlrabi sparks new Gleaning Coordinator Teresa Kelly’s fresh food fascination

From Teresa Kelly, new After the Harvest Gleaning Coordinator, who gleaning volunteers will meet at farms and gardens as their field supervisor:  Ever since I shared a freshly sliced kohlrabi my father pulled straight from the soil of my grandmother’s huge garden, I have been fascinated with growing and eating fresh food. Over the years [...]

By | June 18th, 2016|ATH Happenings, Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

ATH brings nearly 1,000 lbs. of superfood kale to our hungry neighbors

From contributor Sara Jane Crane--Kale, one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet, has been making a big appearance in donations to our area's food kitchens and pantries. Area farmers have been very generous in providing fields of greens for gleaning this Spring. After the Harvest and its volunteers have succeeded in gleaning 583 [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|Produce Bites|0 Comments

Season Ending Volunteer Opportunities…and Thank You!‏

The season is really winding down - I only have two farms that still have food for us to glean. One is in south KC and the other in KCK. Friday, Nov. 7, 9:00-12:00, we will be close to 71 Hwy and MO-150 gleaning Siberian kale, radishes, and possibly some Serrano peppers (if they made it through the frost). Start time 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 10:00-12:30, we will be in KCK gleaning turnips and lettuce. Start time 10:00 a.m.

By | November 6th, 2014|Volunteer Gleaning Alerts|0 Comments