harvesting for the hungry


Join Our Grocery Gleaning Crew!
Jul 13, 2017 by Rachael Dupree

About half of the food we glean in our Fayette County chapter comes from grocery stores. That means our volunteers are on the road 364 days a year, picking up unsold produce from grocery stores and delivering it to our partner recipients who are feeding the hungry. The demand for this type of gleaning is on the rise, which means we need more volunteer power to keep that food from going to waste.


Over the next couple months, we’ll be holding several trainings specifically on grocery gleaning. Whether you’ve already attended one of our volunteer trainings or are new to GleanKY, we’d like to invite you to join. At these trainings, we’ll uncover what grocery-store gleaning is really like and give you the confidence you need to make that first pickup. We’ll talk about things like:


  • how to sign up for a gleaning trip
  • what to expect when you arrive at the grocery store
  • tips on how to load up your car (and what to do if it doesn’t all fit)
  • how to record what you gleaned

Most grocery-gleaning trips take no more than an hour, so it’s an easy way for volunteers to begin their gleaning experience. We’d love to have you join our team, so if you have more questions, please join us at one of the trainings at The Plantory (501 W. Sixth Street, Lexington):

  • SEP 8 – 10AM
  • SEP 24 – 3:30 PM
  • OCT 13 – 9:30AM
  • NOV 14 – 11AM

To RSVP for a training or for questions email volunteer@gleanky.org.

If you’ve already been through a general training and want to start gleaning a grocery store right away, sign up now.


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