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Check out Glean Kentucky’s accomplishments — what we’re doing, why we’re doing it,

and the results of our efforts — by clicking through the annual reports linked here.

Year One: The Beginning

It began with one man’s passion for gleaning. John Walker and his neighbors are passionate about gardening and understand that bountiful harvests often yield more than one family can eat. They routinely donate their excess produce to a nearby women’s shelter.

Year Two: Est. Faith Feeds

In 2011, our harvest gleaned from Reed Valley Orchard in Bourbon County increased nearly three-fold for a total of 23,749 pounds of peaches, apples, pears, squash, and pumpkins.

Year Three: Mission Effectiveness

You know the feeling you have after accomplishing a significant goal — exhausted but on a natural high? We closed out 2012 on that natural high. Our success in this year of operations was remarkable.

Year Four: Abundant Growth

 Blessed! Thankful! Overwhelmed! Inspired! Grateful! Speechless! Excited! — These are just a few of the adjectives that describe my feelings about your generosity and the work done by Glean Kentucky this year.

Year Five: Hero for the Hungry

269,432 pounds of produce gleaned in Fayette County this year with an additional 10,888 pounds gleaned in the surrounding counties. What a year!

Year Six: Community Impact

Glean Kentucky believes that no one should lack nutrition while fresh produce is thrown away. We made 618 gleaning trips in 2015!

Year Seven: One Million Pounds!

At the start of the year, Glean Kentucky was celebrating the impending hire of its third full-time employee. Our gleaning operation was growing by leaps and bounds and the winter no longer offered a respite from the business of the growing season.

Year Eight: Intentional Growth

Our mission has always been described as simple and tangible — a “no brainer” in the minds of many who hear about it. When our volunteers see the scale of fresh produce we rescue on a regular basis, anything other than redistributing it to our food-insecure neighbors seems unacceptable.

Year Nine: Cultivating Relationships

Year after year, our work grows in nearly every metric. We glean more pounds of produce from more farms, markets, and groceries. We deliver critical nutrition to more hard-working social service agencies, and we train more volunteers, ready to glean with us.

YEAR TEN: A Decade of Gleaning

Wow! In our tenth year, we’ve had some major accomplishments. Glean Kentucky is going stronger than ever!

Our Financial Status

Where to find more information

You can always read more about our financial status by viewing our most recent audit and our most recent 990. Please reach out with any questions!


In the news


May 23, 2017 – Farm To Landfill: What New Research Shows About Food Waste – 89.3 WFPL

March 2, 2017 – Guest on WRFL’s Trivial Thursdays

March 1, 2017 – Grow Bluegrass, Glean Bluegrass – Ace Weekly

February 28, 2017 – Glean Kentucky volunteers packages seeds to make their organization grow – Lexington Herald-Leader

February 26, 2017 – Guest on Crescent Hill Radio’s The Farmer and The Foodie


December 22, 2016 – 400 pounds of extra blueberries? No problem; Glean Kentucky gets food to those who need it – Lexington Herald-Leader

November 2016 – Gleaning To Provide Food For Kentucky Families – Bench & Bar 

November 2016 – Glean Kentucky Puts Excess Food Where It’s Most Needed – Edible Magazine

July 2016 – Feeding the hungry and curbing food waste – Land, Air, Water

June 17, 2016 — Glean Kentucky Introduction, Lexington Community Radio’s Lexington Food Justice Radio

May 2016 – Local Hero (Favorite Food / Farming-Based Nonprofit) – Edible Magazine

April 2016 – Case Study: Glean Kentucky – KY Excel


December 4, 2015 – 200 Pies for Local Shelters – Lexington Herald-Leader

September 8, 2015 – Glean Kentucky gets new van – Lexington Herald-Leader

February 23, 2015 – Glean Kentucky = Feed Kentucky – Kentucky Living

February 17, 2015 – “Heirloom seed sale will take your mind off winter, help your neighbors“– Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader


December 27, 2014 – The Local Traveler


September 19, 2013 – Faith Feeds turns leftovers into much-needed meals for area’s hungry children and adults – Tim Thornberry,

July 20, 2013 – Faith Feeds fund raiser will aid food gleaning program – Sharon Thompson, Lexington Herald-Leader

July 2013 – Connections with Renee Shaw on KET

July 2013 – Nonprofits & Nutrition – kNOwMORE Nonprofits on KET


November 22, 2012 –  Faith Feeds wants everyday to be as plentiful as Thanksgiving – Janet Patton, Lexington Herald-Leader

October 4, 2012 – Interview with Board Member Rachael Brugger, Sustainable Kentucky

July 25, 2012 – Faith Feeds provides food and helps build community – Cheryl Truman, Lexington Herald-Leader

April 4, 2012 – Garden Givers – Esther Marr, Chevy Chaser

April 2012 – Gleaning for Good: An Old Idea is New Again


November 28, 2011 – Faith Feeds, a great partner – UK Organic CS

October 28, 2011 – Reasons for Loving Reed Valley Orchard – Rona Roberts, Savoring Kentucky

March 29, 2011 – Horn of Plenty – Jeff Beach, Business Lexington

March 2011 – Faith Feeds – Beth Davis, Natural Awakenings


September 14, 2010 – Faith Feeds – God’s Pantry– God’s Pantry Food Bank Newsletter

Fall 2010 – Faith Feeds: Harvesting for the Hungry – Saint Joseph Health System, Common Thread

July 2010 – Faith groups glean food for the hungry – Merlene Davis, Lexington Herald-Leader

April 29, 2010 – Local Co-op Faith Feeds fights hunger with farmers’ excess produce – Kellie Oates, Business Lexington