Community Food Gleaning

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Our area is teeming with old unmanaged apple orchards free of sprays, and not enough pickers. Left untouched it becomes food waste. When there is coordination to organize a collection/rescue operation, it can be redistributed or preserved or sold.

Since 2014, the Community Food Gleaning program aims to glean good food, that would otherwise not be used, and connect to those who can best benefit. Harvests are split three ways between the grower/land-owner, volunteer pickers and the community. Food harvested is distributed through local food banks and community food programs. Some of the produce collected is processed into value-added products, such as apple sauce, which is shared amongst volunteers, distributed through community food programs and sold through local markets.

The following roles are needed for the program’s success:

  • admin/coordination: surplus source, volunteer coordination, linking surplus with volunteers, insurance, reporting, supplies
  • fruit collection from September through November
  • food delivery: storage, food bank, sales
  • food processing: community kitchen space, some of our products
  • potential for partnerships with other Grey Bruce organizations

Contact Ivan or Simona at for more information or want to get more involved.

We are also (occasionally) on Facebook as the Grey Bruce Food Gleaning Group.

Tune in March 29, 2021 6:30pm -7:30pm to learn more about our program. Zoom call dDetails at:

2) The establishment of fruit tree gleaning programs are running successfully in many cities. The harvests are shared between the landowner, volunteers, food bank or similar charity, and generating revenue to run the program.

Meaford as a rural model centred on apples, is comparatively fruit-heavy, and volunteer deficient.

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