Gleaning & Farm Donations
Farmers often find themselves with surplus or unmarketable produce. Food Bank staff recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who glean, or harvest, that surplus produce. Gleaning volunteers get a chance to experience working farms in southwestern PA, while partnering with farmers to help feed hungry people. Gleaned produce is taken back to the Food Bank and distributed to member agencies. We also pick up produce directly from farmers.
To learn about gleaning volunteer opportunities, click:
Farmers' Market Connection Program
The Food Bank pairs local food assistance providers with farmers' markets. At the end of the market day, farmers can donate their unsold produce directly to an agency that will then distribute it to the hungry.
During the 2011-2012 season, the following markets participated in this program:
- Pittsburgh Citiparks Farmers' Markets(external link)
- Aspinwall Flea Market
- Original Farmers' Night Market - Bridgeville
To learn more about our programs for farmers, contact our Produce Specialist at (412) 460-3663, ext 214.