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.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities other than gleaner: drivers, field supervisors, office help, ambassadors, etc.

Apples in KCK this Thursday, Blackberries in St. Jo this Wednesday

We're hitting two different farms in KCK this Thursday for apples. The season has begun in earnest! Wednesday, August 17, 7:30-10:30 a.m.--Gleaning blackberries at a farm near St. Joseph, MO We keep saying that "this is the last blackberry gleaning"...but the berries just keep coming and the farmer keeps giving! Help rescue these berries for [...]

Gleaning bok choy, cabbage, lettuce at a farm near Lawrence this Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

Raise the Root! Help rescue bok choy, napa cabbage, lettuce before the farmer turns under the crop at the end of the week Thursday, June 23, 7:30-10:30 a.m.--Gleaning bok choy, napa cabbage, lettuce and other greens at a farm near Lawrence, KS You'll see the big red barn first and then the beautiful fields! Located [...]

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 [...]

Gleaning sign up dates posted! Reserve your dates now!

Spring is here and gleaning season is right around the corner! Reserve your date now to join us on the farm from mid-May through November Help After the Harvest rescue produce in farmers' fields that would otherwise go to waste for those in need. Sign up now for future gleanings. Listings may say “produce gleaning,” [...]

VEG Squad gleaner shows passion, determination…Join her and others at the “Beet and Greet” May 12

From VEG (Vegetable Emergency Glean) Squad member Mary Dees (Mary is pictured here, second to the left, along with fellow VEG Squad gleaners Randy Burdge, Barb Decker and Tom Decker): I can always remember my mother telling me that no one should ever go hungry in America. She often paraphrased the passage that a farmer [...]

By | April 11th, 2016|Gleaning Stories, Other Volunteer Opportunities|0 Comments

The joy of marketing with a mission

From John Hornbeck, After the Harvest Advisory Board member:  I love to pick vegetables, but I am not a farmer. It doesn’t make what I’m doing when I gather produce any less enjoyable. I love the warm (sometimes) sunshine (sometimes) and the experience that I get from being close to nature. It also doesn’t make [...]

By | April 1st, 2016|Other Volunteer Opportunities|0 Comments

Veggies are healthy, but volunteering is good for you, too!

From Interim Program Director Emily Worm:   I don't want you to forget the veggies, I want you to volunteer for veggies (and fruits)! Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, had a great post the other day entitled, "Forget your Veggies! Science Shows Volunteering is Healthier". The article highlights research that shows [...]

By | March 20th, 2016|Other Volunteer Opportunities|Comments Off on Veggies are healthy, but volunteering is good for you, too!

Glean with a team of new friends this year on weekday mornings!

All of us at After the Harvest are working towards our 2016 gleaning season and providing more nutritious food for our hungry neighbors. New database and online signup Right now, Support KC is building a database for us to track farmers, food pantries and food banks, volunteers, pounds gleaned and much, much more. As a [...]

By | February 1st, 2016|ATH Happenings, Other Volunteer Opportunities|0 Comments

New ATH volunteer & other opportunities for Giving Tuesday

Consider giving back on Giving Tuesday tomorrow We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Tuesday, Dec. 1 is day for giving back. As you consider giving on Giving Tuesday, we ask that you put After the Harvest in your thoughts. If you'd like to take action right now, here [...]

Help provide up to 200,000 lbs. of produce to feed hungry people

From Karin Page: At the end of the selling day, vendors at Farmer’s Markets often have perfectly delicious and nutritious produce left over. This produce was worth money up until the minute the market closed. What does the farmer do with this food? Some take it back to their farms and feed their animals, some [...]

By | April 21st, 2015|Other Volunteer Opportunities|0 Comments