Urban Agriculture Programs
Gleaning and Farm Donations
Farmers often find themselves with surplus or unmarketable produce. Food Bank staff recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who glean, or harvest, that surplus produce. Gleaning volunteers get a chance to experience working farms in southwestern PA, while partnering with farmers to help feed hungry people. Gleaned produce is taken back to the Food Bank and distributed to member agencies. We also pick up produce directly from farmers. To learn about gleaning volunteer opportunities visit the volunteer page. If you are a farmer and would like to donate fresh produce, contact the Produce Specialist at (412) 460-3663, ext. 214.
Through this program gardeners can donate excess vegetables to local food assistance providers. Contact the Produce Specialist for more information at (412) 460-3663, ext. 214.
Farmers' Market Connection Program
The Food Bank pairs local food assistance providers with farmers' markets. At the end of the market day, farmers can donate their unsold produce directly to an agency that will then distribute it to the hungry. To learn more or participate, contact the Produce Specialist at (412) 460-3663, ext 214.