Nov 05, 2019
Morris Kremen
Harvest Against Hunger

Rotary First Harvest’s Harvest Against Hunger acts as a program incubator and catalyst, utilizing a team of AmeriCorps VISTA to work with farmers to build sustainable gleaning and produce recovery programs that have minimal impact on their business model. This includes coordinating volunteer groups to glean and harvest produce, addressing issues and challenges related to supply chain management – like the transportation and distribution of gleaned produce. All gleaned produce, which is nutritionally dense and locally grown, is distributed to food insecure populations through our food bank partners.

Since 2009, HAH has supported the development of more than 50 unique produce recovery projects. In those eight harvest seasons, the HAH program has overseen more than 100 dedicated Harvest VISTA who have gleaned and distributed nearly five million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, engaged more than 1,200 new farmers in hunger relief efforts, all with the help of 20,000 volunteers. And that’s just the beginning: Harvest VISTA build programs that are sustainable and scalable. The positive impact of these programs will benefit for years to come.