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.

Healthy food for hungry people

Hunger relief efforts, getting more healthy food to those in need

All it takes is a little help from our friends…on Giving Tuesday

From Executive Director Lisa Ousley: All it takes is a little help from our friends. Last year, After the Harvest provided more than 5 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for hungry families, children and seniors in our community. In 2019, we’ve been challenged to reach 6 million pounds. We think we can do [...]

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 [...]

Nourishing food is a right, not a luxury

From Lisa Ousley, ATH Executive Director: I’m delighted to share our 2017 annual report to update you on the progress of After the Harvest in achieving last year’s goals of providing more healthy food to hungry people. We set a stretch goal in 2017 of increasing our produce donations by nearly two million pounds in [...]

Seasons greetings and happy holidays!

From After the Harvest Executive Director Lisa Ousley: As we look forward to the holidays and time to rest, celebrate and enjoy family and friends, I wanted to take this time to thank everyone in our After the Harvest family for a great year and share some of our outcomes as we close the books [...]

Mariah and Emily are worried…

Potatoes, onions and corn next Tuesday! Or help rescue on other upcoming dates...lots of gleanings open. Glean again or for the first time! This is the time of year when there's usually lots of produce available to rescue (thank you generous farmers and growers), but we don't have enough gleaners to harvest it all. Mariah, [...]

Who’s going to feel the hurt from proposed deep cuts to SNAP?

Join After the Harvest in supporting programs that feed hungry people.  From Modern Farmer, by Brian Barth, July 13, 2017:  President Donald Trump has proposed deep cuts to funding for the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps. The administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget seeks a $193.3 billion decrease in SNAP [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Healthy food for hungry people|0 Comments

Numbers become real at a recent distribution site

From ATH Gleaning Coordinator Mariah Friend: Last year, After the Harvest provided over 3.6 million pounds of fresh produce to Harvesters and other local agencies through gleaning, picking up already harvested produce and bringing in truckloads of produce that might otherwise be destined for the landfill. If you’re like me, 3.6 million is a number that’s [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|ATH Happenings, Healthy food for hungry people|0 Comments

Happy New Year! Still time to give a year-end gift of fresh produce to feed hungry families this winter

We're halfway there...two days left! Help put fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables on the tables of hungry families this winter. Buck$ for Trucks Thanks so much to those who have given a whopping $8,271(!) so far in our campaign to help pay for packaging and handling of three truckloads of donated produce. We have two [...]

Special meals…every meal…should include fruits & vegetables

From Lisa Ousley, After the Harvest Executive Director: One of the highlights of the holidays is the family meal--a time to be together and share delicious food and fond memories and traditions: Mom's sweet potatoes, roasted asparagus, broccoli with cheese sauce, whole cranberry sauce, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie [...]

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