About 13% of Western Mass. residents are food insecure, a rate higher than any other food bank service area in the state.
On November 12th, more than forty volunteers helped to collect more than 6,000 pounds of potatoes from the UMass Center for Agriculture farm. The process, known as gleaning, helps to rescue produce that otherwise would have been left in the fields without the means to be collected. However with the help of volunteers from UMass and the 4-H Youth Development Program, the produce was collected and sorted and will be distributed to shelters and meal sites in time for Thanksgiving. You can view the entire photo set from the harvest here.
Gleaning and food rescuing is far from a new idea, but with as much as 40% of food in the United States wasted, it can go a long way in supplying nutritious produce to families struggling with hunger.Comments Off
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