The Garden Gleaning Project
The Gardening Gleaning Project is a new collaborative effort of numerous nonprofits working to build relationships between gardeners and food shelves to improve healthy food access. The Garden Gleaning Project is housed at The Minnesota Project, but the project is guided by Emergency Foodshelf Network, Gardening Matters, Minnesota Foodshare, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, as well as Waite House, the Little Kitchen, CEAP STEP, and CAPI food shelves.
In 2012, The Garden Gleaning Project is expanding its efforts to three new areas in Hennepin County. Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) in Brooklyn Park/Brooklyn Center, St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP), and CAPI (a non-geographically based non-profit that serves Southeast Asian community members) will join Waite House and Little Kitchen as partnering food shelves. Each food shelf is being supported by a Neighborhood Coordinator that works to build relationships in their communities between their food shelf and nearby community and home gardeners.
More information on The Gardening Gleaning Project is available on its own website at www.gardengleaning.org.
Contact: Jared Walhowe, Gleaning Coordinator at email@example.com or 651-789-3321. To access our toolkit for growers and food shelves, please fill our form.
Planning for the next growing season?
Each food shelf has different preferences. The most important thing is to talk with your nearest food shelf where you plan to donate to see what they want! Here's the lists of foods preferred by the food shelves in The Gardening Gleaning Project:
Both food shelves were recognized by the Emergency Foodshelf Network with an award for their innovative programs and involvement with the inaugural year of the Garden Gleaning Project.
In 2010-2011, two food shelves explored different models of food collection and distribution in their communities: Little Kitchen Food Shelf in Northeast Minneapolis and Waite House in South Minneapolis. The year was a great success. Together, the food shelves collected donations of over 1,600 pounds of produce from gardens, farmer’s market vendors, and urban farms. An additional 5,734 pounds of produce was donated from local organizations aside from food banks.