MAINE GLEANING WEEK
October 9th-16th, 2019
Maine Gleaning Week is an annual event organized by members of the Maine Gleaning Network, a coalition of groups and organizations across the state working with local farms to collect surplus produce and distribute it to people experiencing food insecurity. This year, Gleaning Week events will focus on community building and celebrating the vital role of volunteers in this effort.
Sept. 25 2018 - Maine Gleaning Network at USM, Tuesday Sept.25th (SAGE)
Oct. 1 - Oct. 31 2018 - School Gleaning Month - Statewide
Oct. 16 2018 - World Food Day hosted by FarmDrop, Oxbow Brewing 6-8pm
Oct.15-Oct.17 2018 - World Wildlife Fund Speaker, hosted by Food Recovery Coalition
Nov.2 & 3rd 2017 - Apple and Squash Gleaning - North of Bangor
First Annual Maine Gleaning Week 2017
From October 7th-16th, Maine Gleaning Network members, supported by the Quimby Foundation and Harvard Pilgrim Health Foundation, hosted the First Annual Maine Gleaning Week 2017 in partnership with Healthy Acadia, Good Shepherd Food Bank, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Food Recovery Coalition, and Maine Network of Community Food Councils. Throughout the week, a collaborative of farm surplus rescue efforts gathered crops from Maine's fields and engage communities in coordinated acts of resourceful and equitable food system building.
FOOD RECOVERY COALITION ~ FEEDING THE 5000
Portland, Maine October 7, 2016
Co-led by Healthy Acadia, Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Cumberland County Food Security Council, this event made its way into 24 media and news channels and has had a deep and lasting impact on how Maine's food economy perceives surplus food on farms and wasted food in food business and homes. Since the event, Hannaford Supermarkets in 10 different locations in Southern Maine have started carrying Misfit produce, re-branding and selling food that would have otherwise been wasted. A Food Recovery Coalition evolved from the event's organizing team and continues to meet regularly in Portland.