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Gleaning Program Reduces Food Waste, Feeds The Needy

June 13, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Farmers often end up with a surplus of edible produce, either because of intentional over-production, or because much of the crop is too ugly for retail grocers. In 2016, a survey in Vermont found that 14.3 million pounds of vegetables and berries grown each year never reach the dinner plate. To help solve that problem, volunteers at the Healthy Roots Collaborative Gleaning Program collect the surplus from the fields, transport it to 18 charitable distribution centers, and share it with needy families. The program plans to double the amount of gleaned produce from two counties during the 2017 growing season to 20,000 pounds. [ Image credit: © Healthy Roots Collaborative  ]
Hannah Baxter, "Summer Gleaning", St. Albans Messenger (Vermont), June 13, 2017, © Vermont Publishing Company
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