The Merrymeeting Gleaners are a 100+ person volunteer group that was formed in 2016 as part of the MFC’s food security work. Gleaners harvest surplus food from local farms and redistribute it to over 30 organizations that support individuals who require help accessing food in our area. In 2018 the Gleaners launched 2 pilot programs to increase the ways people can access food. The Sharing Table offers gleaned food in a community space, such as a library, and is available for anyone to take by donation based on their need (see flyers for the five 2019 locations here). The Merrymeeting Gleaners also began processing gleaned foods in order to make more food available through the winter. Produce information cards with recipes are being finalized for 50 types of gleaned produce and will be posted under the Resources for the Merrymeeting Bay region tab by Summer 2019!
Produce gleaned from area farms will be distributed at unmanned tables in the following six towns during 2019. Take what you need and leave the rest for someone else. Please bring a bag if possible.
Click the links below for times and locations.
Want to get Involved?
We are always looking for volunteers, if you are interested in contributing let us know!
Here are some ways in which you could support us: gleaning on the farm or at the farmers’ market, delivering produce (using personal vehicle), administrative assistant, fundraising and grant writing, booth volunteer at events, labeling jars post-processing, photographer, programmer/IT, PR volunteer promoting gleaning and writing press releases, and more!
Give Food I Volunteer with Gleaners
REquest Farm Labor
Details: If you are a farmer, producer or processor, you can request a work day from the gleaners in exchange for a food donation. Complete this form to request assistance.