Partnering with local farms to collect surplus produce from their fields for distribution across the region. Founded by the Merrymeeting Food Council.
The Merrymeeting Gleaners is a volunteer group that was formed in 2016 as part of the food security work being done by the Merrymeeting Food Council. In 2021, the Gleaners joined MCHPP as our newest program, still performing the same great work, now as an official part of our agency. This shift allows the Gleaners to utilize MCHPP’s substantial infrastructure, and the agency gains a valuable source of sustainable, local produce. Volunteer gleaners harvest surplus food from local farm partners year round and redistribute it to over 30 organizations in the region that support individuals and families experiencing food-insecurity.
In addition to using the gleaned produce in MCHPP’s existing grocery and meal sites, and delivering it to other organizations in the area, the Merrymeeting Gleaners host Sharing Tables at locations in Arrowsic, Bath, Bowdoin, Harpswell, and Topsham. Sharing tables are open to anyone, there is no income or residency requirement and they are 100% anonymous. The tables are stocked with fresh produce as well as some prepared items, processed using any surplus gleaned food. Take what you need and leave the rest for your friends and neighbors. For information on 2021 Sharing Table times and locations please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to Get Involved?
We would love to have you join the gleaners and we always need new volunteers, particularly in the summer months! If you would like to volunteer with the Merrymeeting Gleaners please email our Gleaning Coordinator, Julia Nelson at email@example.com. If you are already a volunteer with the gleaners or have volunteered with them in the past, please connect with Heather to make sure we have your most current contact information. To request gleaned food donations at your organization or to request a day of work at your farm in exchange for gleaned produce, please contact our Gleaning Coordinator, Julia Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate to this program go to our donation page or reach out to our Development Manager, Alyssa Schoppee at email@example.com or (207) 725-2716 ext.306.