Gleaners is a vital link between available food and those who need it most. Local and national producers have surplus food that may otherwise go to waste for lack of a way to safely and efficiently bring it to market. Human service agencies face tight budgets and increasing demand for services. Our expertise and facilities bring these valuable resources together to help ease the problem of hunger.
Gleaners collects, inventories, repacks and distributes many millions of pounds of food for more than 550 local partners. These agencies pick up food from Gleaners in convenient amounts for use in serving meals, preparing food packages, and stocking food pantries.
Member agencies count on Gleaners as a reliable source of dry food like pasta and cereal, canned food, fresh or frozen meats and produce, even sundries like paper towels and cleaning supplies.
Gleaners also distributes food directly through several programs that reach childrent at risk of hunger: the school mobile pantry program, BackPack program and Smart Bites program.
Gleaners has developed efficient, reliable methods for handling a tremendous volume of all kinds of food (view the basic flow of how Gleaners collects and distributes food to our hungry neighbors).
Five distribution centers bring food closer to those in need, saving member agencies time and money that they can use in providing food for our hungry neighbors. Learn more about our distribution centers and how they operate.
Our partners are the final, vital link in the network. Learn more about our partners.