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.

Spotlight Stories

Stories about gleaners, pantries, farmers, recipients, donors

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

Not a rooster in the bunch! The chicken saga continues…

From Mindy Eichelman, ATH Administrative Manager, this is the third in her series about her chicken raising adventure: We are many weeks in to this chicken keeping thing and are happy to report that Betty, Rue, Bea and Sophia are Betty, Rue, Bea and Sophia, not a rooster in the bunch. They have been impressive in their tolerance [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Spotlight Stories|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

Mariah Friend: You can’t keep her out of the garden…or field!

From Mariah Friend, new After the Harvest Gleaning Coordinator, who gleaning volunteers will meet at farms and gardens as their field supervisor: I’m a Kansas City native who has loved being in the garden for as long as I can remember. My mother likes to teasingly tell the story of how I “helped” her pick all [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|ATH Happenings, Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

A shady situation leads to chicken adoption

From Mindy Eichelman, ATH Administrative Manager: I have a beautiful 80-year-old oak tree in my backyard that towers high above my house providing a cool canopy in the summer. For most, the sound of that would bring joy to their heart, however, for me it brings a conundrum. As much as I love looking up [...]

Gleaning greens in KCK May 6, planting tomatoes in St. Jo May 12

Sign up now for upcoming greens gleaning or tomato planting...or reserve a future gleaning date for you or your organization Friday, May 6, 8:30-11:30 a.m.--Greens gleaning in KCK. Help us rescue a huge field of greens before they're turned over next week. Thursday, May 12, 1-4 p.m.--Tomato planting in St. Jo. This is the second [...]

A farmer tells “why we donate to After the Harvest”

From Lee Karbaumer of Karbaumer Farm near Platte City, MO.: (The photo features her husband Klaus behind draft horses still used to plow fields.) Nature is not produce-aisle perfect.  When we team up with nature to grow healthy food, we get real food, some with unusual shapes; some too big; some too small. We produce [...]

By | April 19th, 2016|Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

Vote to bring ‘Seeds of Change’ grant to one of our farmers

From Karin Page: Dear, friends…One of our farmer friends, Josiah Chumba, has entered the Seeds of Change® Grant Program. Seeds of Change: grants for community-based programs Seeds of Change® is an organic food and seed company that is committed to helping organizations across the country create healthier, more sustainable communities. In support of their mission, [...]

By | April 15th, 2015|Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

“Farmers” gleaning at farms…and more! with ATH

From Sandy Vivian: At After the Harvest, we have friends in the folks at Farmers Insurance as they continue to set a great example of how corporations partner with us to feed those in need. Claims Supervisors Jason Robertson and Dave Darby (pictured here with me and Program Director Karin Page at Cider Hill Family [...]

By | March 23rd, 2015|Our Friends, Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

Picking beans and building databases: Astounding!

From Sandy Vivian:  Every job has its quirks and fits and starts with good and not so good days, but in this new job as Outreach Coordinator, I get lots of perks. And those perks, quite simply, are the people. Truly. Really. It kind of astounds me. I was sitting in Starbucks the other night [...]

By | March 15th, 2015|Spotlight Stories|0 Comments