Gleaning is a practice of gathering fruits and vegetables from fields, orchards, gardens, greenhouses, and markets - good food that might otherwise go to waste - and delivering it those who can use it. Gleaning represents a relationship with the land and community that is based less in charity and more in strength, which is what we bring together. NH Gleans believes that Granite Staters - volunteers, growers, neighbors, and people who eat - can live hunger-free. By coordinating and creating support for regional gleaning efforts, we are helping to ensure a more robust, responsive, and efficient food system where nothing is wasted and everyone matters.

See how we have grown. Annual reports are on the Documents page.

Here's how NH Gleans works

  • Many commercial growers and private homeowners have fruit trees, bushes, vines or entire orchards and fields that produce more fresh fruit or vegetables than they can harvest. We invite them to register their crops online. Donations are tax deductible.

  • Working closely with growers, NH Gleans staff or volunteer leaders organize gleans to gather the fresh produce. Registered volunteer pickers sign up online, checking off a liability waiver that protects crop owners.

  • The produce collected is distributed by local food banks and food pantries to our neighbors in need.

For more information: What Is Gleaning? (Seacoast Eat Local)