Cornell Gleaning Project helps vitamin rich food get to those who need it most.

Farmers are teaming up with New York state food banks to bring gleaned foods to those in need, making the most of grown nutrition and reducing food waste generated at the farm level. The Cornell Gleaning Project hopes to increase the amount of food donations by gleaning food left behind in fields or storage because of cosmetic blemishes or lack of market for a particular crop.

The Cornell Chronicle reports that the project gives farmers guidance about “the opportunities and obstacles that crop gathering and donation provide.” The donations go to those in need, with the Food Bank Association of New York State distributing to pantries, emergency food kitchens, low-income senior nutrition programs and other relief agencies, who feed over 3 million people each year.

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