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.

Gleaning Stories

Reports, pictures and videos from gleaning events

Over the “should”-ing, Tekia asked for some help, gets a boost and later a job from ATH

From ATH Gleaning Coordinator Tekia Thompson (pictured here with Grower Norman Vanbooven): "One of the best parts of my job as a gleaner is visiting with our farmers. Gosh, do I love me some Mr. Norman! He gives great hugs, is such a joy and is always giving me sound “country boy” advice as he calls it like [...]

Stained fingers, smiling faces, wagon ride mark first blackberry gleaning

Purple stained fingers, smiling faces and a wagon ride to a field of beautiful zinnias made our first berry picking at Big Springs Berries a real treat! Thanks to the generosity of Farmer Shane, we are able to glean fresh blackberries that go directly to folks who are seeking emergency food assistance. In the Kansas [...]

Gratitude and choices with After the Harvest

From Emily Worm, ATH Gleaning Network Manager: After working at After the Harvest for a little over a year, I have learned many lessons. I’ve learned that a bushel of apples weighs about 25 pounds. I’ve learned how to dig potatoes, plant tomatoes, harvest chestnuts, and identify turnips. I’ve learned my way around Kansas City delivering [...]

By | November 12th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Spotlight Stories|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

Mayor “raises the root” for ATH, Friday apple gleaning near Smithville

Friday is apple day. We only need six gleaners on this one. Come join us! Friday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-noon--Gleaning apples near Smithville, MO A generous homeowner has apple trees to glean so join us in this rescue if you can spare some time. Located just south of Smithville Lake, 25 min. from North KC. [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Volunteer Gleaning Alerts|0 Comments

We raise the root in salute to our volunteers this season

From Sandy Vivian, ATH Outreach and Communications Director: As the growing season winds down, After the Harvest is still “raising the root” in support of gleaning and the efforts of our extraordinary volunteers who rescued thousands of pounds of produce and delivered it to hungry families in our area. Even Kansas City Mayor Sly James [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

Saturday, Sunday volunteer spots open! Get your hands dirty and glean with ATH

It's an unusual phenomenon! We have some slots open for this come glean with us. Sunday, Sept. 18, 8-11 a.m.--Gleaning apples at an orchard near Bonner Springs, KS Spend a morning in this picturesque orchard and help rescue apples for our hungry neighbors. Just 13 min. from Bonner Springs, 10 min. from Legends.This is [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Volunteer Gleaning Alerts|0 Comments

Thanks, VEG Squad, from the bottom of our closed-toed shoes!

Pictured above:  VEG Squader Suzy Conaway, dressed in her favorite gleaning outfit, harvests in a tomato jungle! From Lisa Ousley, After the Harvest Executive Director: After the Harvest has many things to be grateful for this year, but one we’ve been grateful for repeatedly throughout this gleaning season rose up to stir our gratitude once again [...]

By | September 9th, 2016|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

Skinks, chickens and more…just a part of the gleaning experience

From Emily Worm, After the Harvest Gleaning Network Manager: My last blog was about bugs in the field. So, if you're going to glean with us and you don't enjoy bugs as much as I do (!), I wanted to let you know we also see other animals both domesticated and wild, like this juvenile [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Gleaning Stories|0 Comments

Get your glean on!  Hit the fields for 4 gleanings next week

Next week: four gleanings. Sign up and get your glean on! Monday, August 29, 7:30-10:30 a.m.--Gleaning ? at a farm near ? This is a rare Monday gleaning. We have some actors joining us on their day off, but we don't have enough volunteers yet on this special gleaning day, so come help if you [...]

By | August 26th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Volunteer Gleaning Alerts|0 Comments