After the Harvest
After the Harvest Mission: To prevent hunger by rescuing fresh, nutritious produce that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it to organizations feeding hungry individuals, families, children and seniors. With a very small staff and the help of thousands of local volunteers, we glean (harvest) farmers’ fields of excess produce and pick up already harvested excess produce from farms and markets and transport to food banks, pantries and kitchens to feed our hungry neighbors primarily in Greater Kansas City and in the states of Kansas and Missouri. We also secure truckloads of donated fruits and vegetables--that might otherwise end up in landfills--from large commercial producers and supply it to Harvesters and other food banks.
YOU SCHEDULE IT! OPPORTUNITIES:
Gleaning Fields and Orchards
May through November, for about three hours Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings (some Sundays in the fall)—usually 7:30-10:30 a.m.—in the summer, with later start times in the fall
Farms and orchards within 30-45 minutes travel time from Kansas City. We try to match your location with one of the farms where we glean but please be flexible re: areas of most need and what is available to harvest.
After the Harvest volunteers help glean (harvest) excess fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste from local farms and orchards and deliver the fresh, nutritious produce to food banks—like Harvesters—and food pantries to feed hungry families.
Take a look at the volunteer calendar on the After the Harvest website, sign up, and then as the date draws closer, we’ll let you know the exact location and what you’ll be gleaning: pears, zucchini, blackberries, peppers…depends on what’s ready to harvest! Breathe fresh country air and get your hands a little dirty while helping those in need.
Then, if you choose, you can make the experience come full circle by delivering the produce to a food pantry of your choice or we’ll assign one close to your route home. There will be an ATH field supervisor on duty at the gleaning. Please provide one adult, who can also glean, for every 10 children. Must provide own transportation.
Cost Per Girl: N/A
Cost Per Adult: N/A
Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journey Connections: Between Earth and Sky, Daisy Flower Garden, Brownie Quest and Agent of Change.