Food systems are usually organized like this - designed to channel large amounts of product through centralized locations, like farmers markets and supermarkets. This system is not perfect. Gleaning is an activity often missing - and this is where the volunteers of Bread for the City step in.
Bread for the City is a non-profit organization that helps vulnerable residents of Washington, D.C. Among their comprehensive services, they provide nutritious food to hungry people. They go to various farmers markets and farms to glean surplus vegetables and fruits.
Tonya Hamilton, a Community HealthCorps Member, is the new Gleaning Coordinator. This week she confirmed that Bread for the City will continue gleaning at the West End Farmers Market. She will begin on Sunday, May 1.