Gleaning is a concept that puts people into fields to pick fruits and vegetables that remain after harvest. Much of this food may be unmarketable or not worth picking for the farmer. However, gleaners harvest this perfectly edible food and donate it to local assistance agencies that distribute it through their network of social service programs.
The gleaning agency that operates in the Piedmont of North Carolina is The Society of Saint Andrew Gleaning Network. Gleaners are volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Many are involved through churches, clubs, schools, and senior citizen groups. In addition, growers can receive a 10% tax credit for the crops they permit to be gleaned. Farmers interested should contact: