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.

Spotlight Stories

Stories about gleaners, pantries, farmers, recipients, donors

Produce rescue drivers hit the gas and deliver nutritious food to those in need

Each week during the harvest season, our gleaning volunteers hit the fields to rescue produce that might otherwise go to waste to feed those in need. They’re not the only ones doing good in our neighborhood! Our produce rescue driver volunteers hit the gas daily, heading for farmers markets, farms and other locations to pick [...]

By | October 23rd, 2019|Healthy food for hungry people, Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

Buried treasures unearthed during ATH gleanings…and in your yard and kitchen

By After the Harvest Gleaning Coordinator Minnie O’Grady Aren’t sandboxes just the greatest? Do you remember the absolute wonder of unearthing undiscovered treasure? Compelled by the excitement of not knowing what you might find next? That is how I felt on my first day gleaning at Voigt’s Farm. In the sunny field, I squatted down [...]

By | July 28th, 2019|Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

ATH’s generous supporters recognized at Silver Spade Awards

Take a bow! After the Harvest’s 2018 Silver Spade Awards were presented last week to volunteers and supporters who joined us in our efforts to help provide nourishing food for families, children and seniors in our region who are struggling with poverty and food insecurity. Said Executive Director Lisa Ousley, “I know that a lot [...]

By | December 10th, 2018|Events, Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

Michelle looks back at when she needed help…and now volunteers at a food pantry

Many in our community are just a paycheck or job loss away from needing help. Michelle Miranda and her family hit on hard times some years ago, she sought help to feed her family...and now she's helping others. "I volunteer at a food pantry and I see other people going through the same thing my husband [...]

By | November 20th, 2018|Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

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 [...]

ATH’s mission resonates with Board President Kelly Schwalbe

After the Harvest Board President Kelly Schwalbe (pictured here with wife Kathleen Fenton) is a farm boy through and through. He grew up on a southern Iowa farm, earned a BS in agricultural journalism and is now a partner in Sage Communications, providing marketing for agricultural and other clients. And he still keeps a hand [...]

By | November 13th, 2018|Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

From techie to part-time gleaner: Zach Callaway gets his hands dirty

Zach Callaway has been a techie for many years, but he’s grown to know that he has another side: he loves to get his hands dirty and dig in the dirt. He has discovered gardening…he loves it…and that affinity towards earth’s bounty will come in handy this growing season as Zach takes on the role [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

Meet Megan Hunter, ATH’s new Development Director

Welcome to our new Development Director, Megan Hunter! Over the past several weeks with After the Harvest, she has hit the ground running, putting last minute touches to Greens&Jeans and hitting the streets seeking support for ATH so that we can continue bringing nutritious produce to our hungry neighbors. Megan comes to our organization with [...]

By | August 24th, 2017|Spotlight Stories|0 Comments

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

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