Do you want to reduce the food waste in your community? Yes? We do too! Boston Area Gleaners, Inc. (BAG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing surplus farm crops for people in need. We believe that the disparity between food insecurity and food wasted is unacceptable, and we strive to close the gap between waste and hunger.
Gleaning is the act of harvesting produce that would otherwise be left in the fields and plowed under. Some of the produce we glean is slightly imperfect and could not be sold at the market, or it was left in the field due to the imperfection of harvest machinery. Whatever the reason, the food is still edible and nutritious! BAG organizes passionate volunteers to go to the fields and harvest anything the farmers cannot afford to pick. Then, the food is donated to various distribution agencies as well as directly dropped off at food shelves in and around Boston. BAG works with over 40 different farms in the Boston Area and has recently expanded to include farms in the North Shore.
This year alone, our volunteers have gleaned over 60,000 lbs of local produce, which is the equivalent to 240,000 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables. Since our inception in 2004, we have rescued well over 1 million pounds of local produce, and we are excited to be growing rapidly each year.
Come say hi to BAG folks at Flatbread in Somerville on September 23 between 5-10 pm and meet other people who are dedicated to improve the food chain and reduce food waste. Flatbread is generously donating a portion of the night’s revenue to Boston Area Gleaners, and we look forward to seeing you there!