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!  We are in need of volunteers to help sort through the produce back at Bread for the City, NW on Sundays beginning in May and running through October.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact volunteer@breadforthecity.org.

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 volunteer@breadforthecity.org if you have any questions.