Gleaning program nets fresh produce for hungry families
Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | 09.25.13
(Gettysburg) -- An Adams County food program is carrying on with a new name and new management. But the mission is still to provide fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables to low income families in the region.
The Gleaning Project of South Central PA collects un-harvested produce from farmers' fields and distributes it to food pantries to help combat food insecurity in the region.
Jerry and Jan Althoff founded the program in 2009. It was known as the Adams County Gleaning Network until health issues forced them into retirement earlier this year.
South Central Community Action Programs Executive Director Megan Shreve says it was so impactful that area non-profits got together to find a way to continue the unfunded effort.
"In the past it's been about 84,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables [annually]," Shreve explains. "So we're not talking about a little bit. We're talking about a lot of produce."
SCCAP is now heading up the program, and Shreve credits the Althoffs for their support.
The produce helps to feed up to three-thousand families every month.
The Central PA Food Bank is ramping up a new program that delivers fresh produce to hungry people in Pennsylvania.
The Greenhouse is a community organization that is dedicated to recovering food that would otherwise be wasted, preserving the food by canning, freezing or dehydrating, and then sharing the food with community groups and charity organizations that serve people in the community that need it most.