Resources for setting up and developing your Gleaning group
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Welcome to The Gleaning Handbook

Funding to set up your own gleaning hub is now available! Please click here for more information.

Why Glean in 2020?

Communities are leading the way in gleaning food from local farms across the UK.

2020 could be the year farm level food waste peaks due to the huge disruption to the food system from the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile demand for food banks and emergency food distribution has hit a level of need that signifies a crisis.

Gleaning offers an opportunity for straightforward environmental and social wins- food waste on farms is reduced and supply of fresh food to those in need is increased.

In an effort to spread gleaning nationwide (see map of existing gleaners), Feedback hosted four weekly training webinars in Aug / Sept 2020 for community groups interested in starting or developing a local gleaning group.

Click on ‘Resources for developing your Gleaning group’ on the left of this page to access the training videos, funding information and other resources. Also use the map and of course the Toolkit to guide you along the way. 

**All training has been updated to comply with Covid-19 guidelines**

This recent article on gleaning in the Ramsgate Recorder covers the work of one of our first community gleaning groups, Hythe Environmental Community Group (September 2020).

About the Gleaning Network

The Gleaning Network is a network of groups, organisations, farmers, charities and keen volunteers who are all working to reduce farm-level food waste. The Gleaning Network exists to bring together and empower communities, enabling them to salvage surplus food left on farms; food which can then be redistributed within the local area.

This site provides the tools and resources for groups and individuals who wish to get involved in gleaning – either through volunteering with an existing group, or by setting-up a new gleaning project in your region.

Go Gleaning Are you a farmer with surplus? Get in touch to see how you can help.
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