The Availability of Food
There was a time when surplus, donated food was plentiful. Through large national and local manufacturing, processing and food distribution companies, food banks were able to secure ample food for hunger relief agencies throughout the nation. But with improvements in technology and increasing economic pressures, there are fewer overages and slimmer margins for producers who are now finding new ways to reduce waste and increase productivity. That means there is less low cost or donated food in the system. This makes the need for locally grown sources of food more important than ever before. Gleaning is an age-old practice whose time has come again.
“I never want to plow under produce I’ve grown when there are hungry people who need it. I feel good about donating what’s left in my fields and growing a little extra.”
Bradley County, Arkansas