Gleaning Network

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Join us in the fields - it’s time to get your hands dirty!

Feedback’s Gleaning Network gives volunteers all over the country an opportunity to engage with the food system hands on by helping us rescue fresh, surplus fruit and veg from farms where it would otherwise be wasted, and get it to good causes. In doing so we are bringing an age-old practice to avoid waste, gleaning, into the 21st century.

 

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What's the problem?

Feedback’s research has found that farmers waste around 16% of their crop before it even leaves the field or barn – often due to factors beyond their control, such as produce not being the right shape or size for supermarket tastes, or inaccurate forecasting by retailers of how much produce they will buy, leaving farmers with excess crop on their hands. Read more about our research on supply chain food waste.

 

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What's the solution?

Since 2012, the Gleaning Network has been taking eager volunteers to visit farms around the country, where we harvest surplus fruit and veg, and make sure it reaches people in need through our partnerships with charities like FareShare and FoodCycle. We currently rescue around 100 tonnes of fresh, nutritious produce a year from our hubs in Kent, Sussex, Bristol, London and the North West and are in the process of expanding our Gleaning Network across country.

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Latest updates in this campaign

The Figures Are In: The on-farm food waste mountain
The Figures Are In: The on-farm food waste mountain

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Love Lane Disco Chop – what a day!

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The Future of Gleaning
The Future of Gleaning

Back in 2012 Feedback took a small group of volunteers to a…

Help us reveal the scale of Europe’s farm food waste
Help us reveal the scale of Europe’s farm food waste

We have until the 4th April to stop the EU excluding the…

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What can you do to make a difference?

Sign up to volunteer with the Gleaning Network

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Get in touch to host a gleaning day.

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Set up your own community-led gleaning hub

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