Island Grown Gleaning... harvesting fresh local produce for those in need.

We collect and redirect nutritious produce to low-income and marginalized community members, and to our schools and institutions.

Our nation wastes nearly half of its food every year! It happens on farms, during shipping, in supermarkets, restaurants and in our own homes. This is a waste of the precious resources used to grow the food (water, fossil fuels, labor) and has other harmful consequences. Decomposing food in landfills is the single largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions.

Meanwhile, on our island, many of our neighbors face food insecurity and need our assistance. Gleaning provides a solution to both hunger and crop waste. Gleaners work with farmers to capture excess quality produce and deliver it for free to elders, youth, and those in need.

Many of our current volunteers have been doing the work for years because of the satisfaction they get for helping their neighbors and the joy of being with others who are doing the same.

We need your help to expand our produce recovery to 30,000 pounds this year! About 1,000 hours of seasonal volunteer time are needed to keep the program viable. Please join us… come once a year, or every week!

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Harvest Volunteers join us on beautiful island farms. We provide tools, and instruction and an experienced Field Captain. Most gleans last about two hours. Volunteers may keep a share of the harvest for themselves.

Processing Volunteers work as a team in commercial kitchens to wash, chop, freeze and pickle. A ServeSafe manager leads processing events.

Delivery Volunteers distribute produce to recipient organizations around the island.


Edible Vineyard
Cape & Islands NPR
Oxfam America
Huffington Post


Contact: Alli Fish, Program Leader