Fresh Food Partners is a task group working with local farmers to help provide community members living on a limited income with fresh vegetables and fruits.
What is gleaning?
Gleaning is a way of gathering vegetables and fruits in the field that would otherwise be left to rot or be plowed under after harvest. Instead of having this good food go to waste, the gleaning program allows those in need to pick (or glean) the produce in the field for themselves and their family at no cost.
How does the Gleaning Program work?
When a farmer is near the end of their harvest season, he/she will phone Fresh Food Partners. Gleaning happens at a date that is convenient for the farmer.
We will inform you about the gleaning trip and provide you with the information, such as the pick-up location, time and date.
Participants are asked to meet at a central location to be picked-up and dropped-off. A school bus will then transport all participants to the farm. This way, we all arrive at the farm together.
What type of produce will we be gleaning?
Fresh Food Partners is connected to farmers who grow strawberries, corn, zucchini, squash, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and apples.
Who can participate?
The program is open to York Region community members who are living on a limited income.
Why should you participate?
This is a great way to access fresh produce at no cost. It will provide an opportunity to meet other people, to enjoy a trip out of town and to be physically active.
How to sign up for the program?
Please call York Region Food Network to sign up for the gleaning program at 905-841.3101 ext. 205 or toll-free 1-866-454-YRFN (9736). We will let you know when a gleaning trip will take place.
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Food security is defined as a situation in which all people obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes self-reliance and social justice. (Hamm and Bellows, J Nutr Educ Behav. 2003; 35:27-43)
Food Insecurity: the inadequate or insecure access to adequate food due to financial constraints.
Tarasuk, V, Mitchell, A, Dachner, N. Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity (PROOF). (2013). Household food insecurity in Canada 2011. Retrieved from http://nutritionalsciences.lamp.utoronto.ca/
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