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Author Archives:Ben Southworth

Sep 06, 2018 by Ben Southworth
Volunteers like Garth Lehman enable GleanKY to fulfill our mission of keeping produce from going to waste and making sure that it gets to people who need it. Garth has been volunteering with GleanKY for years and makes weekly gleaning trips to Good Foods Co-op, many times with his grandson Paxton in tow. This year alone, Garth has gleaned nearly 1500 Lbs. of produce for Rosie Phillips and Hope Center | Continue Reading
Sep 06, 2018 by Ben Southworth
We’re excited to introduce to you our new AmeriCorps VISTA, Madison McRill, who will be working with us for the next twelve months to conduct our annual program evaluation, improve our communication between counties, and much, much more. Read a quick message from her, saying hello!   “Hi there! My name is Madison McRill, and I am the current Community Outreach and Development Coordinator over here at GleanKY. You might | Continue Reading
One of GleanKY’s oldest partnerships and sources of produce is with the great folks at Reed Valley Orchard – Trudie and Dana have so graciously allowed us out at the orchard each fall for nearly a decade, where we glean windfallen apples. It’s one of our favorite places to glean, largely because it means we have a good chance to host big groups of volunteers – church members, student groups, | Continue Reading
Aug 06, 2018 by Ben Southworth
It’s the busiest time of the year for us at GleanKY! We’re out dozens of times each week, working to ensure we can rescue as much excess produce as possible, while finding organizations and people who need it the most (see this awesome post about a recent glean in Woodford County!)   All in all, we gleaned just over 35,000 pounds of produce in July of 2018 – the most | Continue Reading
Jun 12, 2018 by Ben Southworth
The vendors at the Lexington Farmers’ Market are some of GleanKY’s longest-standing supporters – back in the summer of 2010, GleanKY volunteers approached farmers at the market to ask what they did with all that produce they had left over at the end of a week at the market. So often, the answer was ‘sometimes we can take it somewhere to donate’ or ‘we wish there was an easier way to get our | Continue Reading