The Gleaners Community Kitchen opened in February of 1987 with a mission: to serve healthy meals, free of charge, to those in need, no questions asked, no one denied. Since serving just three meals on that first day we have grown tremendously. We now serve about 55 meals each day, more than 12,000 annually! With the generous support of local grocery stores, restaurants, service organizations and individuals, we will continue to provide meals for many years to come.
What is Gleaning?
In ancient times, “gleaning” was the act of collecting crops leftover from famers’ fields after they had been commercially harvested, and some cultures promoted gleaning as an early form of welfare.
However, in modern times, gleaning is accomplished by collecting food from supermarkets that would otherwise be thrown away. This food can then be prepared and served, or given away, to those who need it.