Gleaning, the practice of recovering food left behind from commercially-harvested fields or fields that are not economically profitable to harvest, has been around since biblical times and practiced by countries around the world for centuries.
As a practical humanitarian activity, gleaning contributes to the collection and distribution of food that would otherwise go to waste. Gleaning groups are great sources of supplementary, high quality food for individuals and families on a fixed or low income who want to help others as they help themselves.
Linn Benton Food Share partners with 14 gleaning groups located throughout Linn and Benton counties.
Each group is a nonprofit member organization, whose members are required to actively participate, to the level of their ability, in the day-to-day operations of their groups. They are seniors on fixed incomes, families with children, individuals with disabilities – people just like you. Members who are unable to do the hard physical work of gleaning, because of health problems or other serious limitations, are “adopted” by other gleaners, who provide their portion of the harvest.
Gleaning groups participate in field and market gleans, hold fundraisers to support their groups, care for their “adoptee” households, and seek grant funding to access additional food for their members. Last year more than 7,900 people received over 2 million pounds of food through our 14 gleaning groups.
In addition, all groups participate in “Wood Share,” a component of the Gleaning Program. Gleaners collect donated firewood and distribute it to members of their gleaning groups, who rely on wood to heat their homes.
For more information about donating to a Gleaning Program, contact:
Gleaning and Volunteer Programs Coordinator