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

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

13,852 pounds of produce this week…and more gleaning next week!

Sign up for gleaning more blackberries next week (they just keep coming!)...and lots of volunteer signup slots open in August Tuesday, July 26, 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 [...]

ATH delivers 13,852 pounds of produce this week to feed hungry families

The fruit and veg parade marches on!! This week alone, Emily, Mariah and many, many fantastic volunteers carried out seven gleanings and eight pickups to farms, markets and distributors. A total of 13,852 pounds has been delivered this week to food banks and pantries, shelters and community kitchens. Here’s the breakdown of what was gleaned [...]

By | July 22nd, 2016|ATH Happenings, Healthy food for hungry people|0 Comments

Gleaning blackberries tomorrow, other veg July 21. Can you help?

The blackberries still need picking! We're going back to a farm near St. Jo tomorrow. Come along! Thursday, July 14, 7:30-10:30 a.m.--Gleaning blackberries at a farm near St. Joseph, MO. We harvested 36 lbs today and we're headed back to the fields! Join us tomorrow and enjoy this beautiful certified organic farm. Only 45 min. [...]

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

Not just a soup kitchen: Dining with Dignity

From Mandy Caruso-Yahne, Director of Community Engagement for Episcopal Community Services: Here at Episcopal Community Services, our motto is “Feeding the Hungry, Changing Lives.” We oversee a network of food programs across the Kansas City metro, including several pantries located in various Episcopal churches and the Kansas City Community Kitchen at 8th/Paseo, just east of downtown. Kansas [...]

What happens when a farmer calls After the Harvest?

What happens when a farmer calls After the Harvest to rescue produce? The farmer will let us know they are getting ready to turn under their spinach crop, the potatoes will rot in the field if left another day, or they have extra peaches that are just now at the peak of ripeness. It’s Tuesday and [...]

More farmers from MOA conference onboard to donate produce

From Emily:  Volunteer superstar  Randy Burdge and I spent a great three days last week at the Missouri Organic Association (MOA) Conference in Springfield, MO. The conference draws farmers and growers from Kansas, Missouri and around the midwest. We shared the After the Harvest mission to feed hungry people with healthy food and recruited more farmers [...]

By | February 11th, 2016|ATH Happenings, Healthy food for hungry people|0 Comments

September: a month for action on hunger…and health

From John Hornbeck September has been officially designated as national Hunger Action Month. In the same way that Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to energize more people to become involved through volunteering and donations, this month is a rallying cry to do something about hunger in this country . . . and in this region. However, [...]

By | September 9th, 2015|Healthy food for hungry people|0 Comments