Kansas City Health & Wellness magazine profiled After the Harvest in their October 2014 print and web edition. The article — written by After the Harvest’s Executive Director Lisa Ousley — provides an overview of gleaning operations and shares news about the upcoming “Happy Hour Harvest” fundraiser on October 23.
A New Hunger-Relief Nonprofit Helping Feed Hungry People in KC
By Lisa Ousley, Executive Director
After the Harvest, a new hunger-relief nonprofit focused on getting fresh fruits and vegetables to feed hungry people, marked the end of its first 100 days of operation on September 19, noting that it has provided more than 500,000 pounds of fresh produce to Harvesters and other area feeding agencies.
Living up to its tag line: “Healthy Food for Hungry People,” the new organization has provided everything from strawberries to watermelon, greens to sweet corn, and potatoes to okra – much of it grown within 100 miles of Kansas City.
What is Gleaning?
After the Harvest works with local volunteers to glean (a biblical term meaning to pick up or gather the leftovers) fields and orchards after they have been harvested, gathering produce that has been overlooked or graded out by farm workers. This is fresh, nourishing food that may not meet market standards for retail sale, but is perfectly good to eat. In some cases, farmers are actually growing crops specifically for the organization to pick and deliver to feeding agencies.
Our Distribution Partners
After the Harvest also works with commercial growers to get truckloads of excess and B-grade produce – fruits and vegetables that are perfectly good to eat but have been deemed unmarketable. The produce is donated by the grower or packer and After the Harvest pays packaging and freight costs. These truckloads of produce are then delivered to Harvesters – the Community Food Network, the organization’s largest distribution partner. The new nonprofit works with community organizations, faith congregations, small and large businesses, scouting troops, schools, civic groups and more, to engage volunteers in gleaning.
Volunteer Your Time
After the Harvest currently has many gleanings scheduled each week and weekend through the end of November. For information about gleaning opportunities, go to www.aftertheharvestkc.org to check the weekly schedule of gleanings.
Help us raise funds by hosting an event or kindly send a check to After the Harvest, 3801 Topping Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64129. Any amount, large or small, will help as we get our operation established.
Donate produce that we can distribute to local agencies that feed hungry people.
For More Information
To volunteer, donate food produce, arrange to pick up produce for your pantry, make a donation, or inquire about After the Harvest, please call us at our new number: 816-921-1903. We can also be found on the web at www.AfterTheHarvestKC.org, and on Facebook at After the Harvest KC. We hope to see or hear from you soon!
AFTER THE HARVEST
Fall Harvest Fundraiser
Thursday, October 23rd
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Grace and Holy Trinity’s Founders Hall
415 W. 13th Street, Kansas City, MO
Funds raised will cover costs of truckloads or produce moved to Harvesters
during the winter months.
To RSVP: 816-921-1903
For Event Information: Christina Martin,