Glean for the City

Through Glean for the City, Bread for the City rescues tens of thousands of pounds of fresh, free surplus produce. Gleaning is an ancient practice of salvaging food that would otherwise go to waste in a food system. This innovative program has made our community healthier and happier – thanks to the volunteer commitment and donations of hundreds of supporters like you.

Glean for the City has two different components: gleaning from local farmer’s markets, and fresh produce donations from local residents.

Glean with us!

Through our partnerships with markets like West End in Alexandria and Eastern Market in DC, we pick up thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables that farmers don’t sell at market.

Farmers’ markets are the absolute best way to bring produce to our pantry: we get a wide variety of fresh produce from local farms, and we only have to travel to one location to get it!

Do you ever have too much produce? Maybe your home garden is overflowing with tomatoes, the tree out front is laden with apples, or you inherited an extra CSA share this week. If so, please consider bringing your extra produce to one of our locations between 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday, and we will happily distribute the food through our pantry. Contact if you have any questions.

Get Involved

We rely on many dedicated volunteers to help us sort and pack our gleaned produce into family-sized servings so that we can quickly and efficiently distribute it to our food pantry clients the following week.

Please visit our volunteer webpage to see all available dates and times to help with our gleaning program Or, contact our us at Thank you!