Food bank gleans fruit leftover after fall harvest


Commercial orchards leave imperfect fruit on the tree

In orchards and fields around the world, thousands of pounds of produce go unharvested every year.

Solution: Recruit volunteers to pick leftover fruit for nearby food bank

Before the frost hits Spokane each year, hundreds of volunteers pick thousands of pounds of apples for the food bank, where they can be distributed locally or traded with other food pantries around the country.

The the Spokane Edible Tree Project, led by Kate Burke, seeks to expand operations from commercial orchards to the backyards of local residents as well.

“This is a really solid program. These orchards are just such an awesome resource for our community.”

Gleaning is an easy grassroots project for any community. If every town across the country harvested surplus fruit for its food banks, there would be no shortage of nutritious fruit for the hungry.

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Category: Hunger


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Dave Cannon is a Seattle-based entrepreneur and consultant to nonprofits and small businesses. He loves Thai food and takes terrible photographs. You can follow him on Linkedin.
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