No good food should go to waste!
How communities are bringing farm surplus to underserved communities.
A brief history of gleaning
From 2012-2020, Feedback ran the Gleaning Network across five regions in England: Sussex, Kent, the North West, East England (Cambs, Lincs, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk) and West England (Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire).
In 2019, Feedback recognised that community groups across the UK we better placed to understand the issues and needs of their local community, and so adapted the gleaning model to begin training and funding a wide range of community groups across the UK, whilst connecting with and supporting already existing hubs.
By 2021, the Gleaning Network had become a distributed network of independent gleaning hubs, with the Feedback-run Sussex gleaning hub continuing to be a member. Feedback have stepped away from being at the centre so the network can be self supporting, with Feedback continuing to provide the Toolkit, resources and advice to support any new or existing group.
Hundreds of tonnes of fresh produce have so far been rescued from farms and redistributed to various charities across the UK, thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteers. Edible food waste on farms continues to be a largely hidden issue and there are gleaning opportunities all across the country that our existing network have yet to tap into. Therefore, this toolkit resource has allowed us to expand our network to help community groups and individuals run their own gleaning activities to make sure that uneaten produce can reach local communities.
Feedback is not the only group championing gleaning, there are established groups across the UK and beyond. Check our map for information on groups gleaning in England and to find out more information about how to set up your own activities click here. More information about gleaning across the EU can be found here, and some of the rich history of gleaning in the USA can be found here.
Who are Feedback?
Feedback is a UK and Netherlands-based environmental campaign group working for food that is good for the planet and its people. To do this we challenge power, catalyse action and empower people to achieve people to achieve positive change.
The food system is not delivering on today’s priorities: rather than producing healthy, secure, nutritious food for all while regenerating the natural world and mitigating global temperature rises, it is driving climate and ecological emergencies and exacerbating global injustice. To address these challenges and carry out our mission, we combine investigative research, campaigns, community outreach and on-the-ground pilot projects for a better food system. To read more about the work we do, please visit our website.