Part of the Food Policy Snapshot Series
Food Policy Snapshot: The Gleaning Network UK
Overview: The Gleaning Network UK coordinates volunteers, farmers and food redistribution charities in order to save fresh fruits and vegetables that are wasted on farms. It supplies volunteer “gleaners” to farms that have a surplus of crops, or crops that are edible but not marketable. Volunteers harvest the crops, and the Gleaning Network donates them to food distribution charities who re-direct them to people in need.
Locations: London; North West; Bristol; West England; Sussex; East England; and Kent (United Kingdom)
Food policy category: Food waste prevention, reduction and management
Program Initiated: 2012
Progress to date: There are currently six gleaning hubs across the United Kingdom; a “Gleaning Network EU” has been developed to initiate gleaning projects in other European countries.
How it works:
At each gleaning hub, activities are coordinated and insured by a parent organization: Feedback Global. Feedback Global is an environmental organization that campaigns to end food waste at all levels of the food supply system.
Why it is important:
Evaluation: Within three years over 188 tons of produce (equal to over 2 million portions of fruits and vegetables) have been saved and donated.
Point of Contact: Feedback contact info: [email protected]
Similar practices: Feedback Global is also the lead partner on Gleaning Network EU, which coordinates gleaning operations in Belgium, France, Greece and Spain; Gleaning in the US, “Let’s Glean” USDA initiative http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda_gleaning_toolkit.pdf