Gleaning For The Community Kitchen
The Community Kitchen, Inc. (TCK) of Keene NH implemented its gleaning program in July of 2013. The gleaning program is one of six regional gleaning programs supported by NH Gleans, part of the University of New Hampshire’s Farm to School program. TCK’s local program provides a year-round, 30-hours per week for Sarah Harpster, the Gleaning Coordinator, covering the area of Cheshire County, NH.
The mission of the gleaning coordinator is principally to capture fresh, locally grown produce which is at risk of being wasted, usually due to overproduction for the market. In Cheshire County, an active food movement has greatly enhanced the local gleaning program. Many local businesses and organizations grew produce specifically for the purpose of donating it to the charitable food system.