Gleaning is the act of harvesting excess or unmarketable produce from a farm. This act of rescuing food allows the Food Band to gather and distribute more fresh, local produce throughout our six-county service area. 

Why we glean

Food banking has always had its roots in food rescue. Across the nation, for several decades, the national charitable food system has benefited from surplus production and manufacturing. However, in recent years food production has become more efficient and food banks have seen a decline in shelf-stable product donations. Naturally, our reaction to this decline was to look for new opportunities and new sources of food donations. Knowing that many food producers in the Southern Tier are agricultural, it made perfect sense to design a program that would help capture products that were not making it to market. Thus gleaning is the perfect compliment to our fresh food rescue efforts.

How to get involved

Hundreds of volunteers are part of our volunteer gleaning network. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is committed to improving access to fresh healthy produce for those who need food assistance. This wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of each and every volunteer. More volunteers are needed!

Thank you, Growers!

Many local farms and orchards support the gleaning program, making sure your neighbors in need in the Southern Tier have access to fresh produce. Please help us thank them for their support!

2016 Participating Orchards

Reisinger's Apple Country
Stoney Ridge Orchard & Winery

It's amazing what we can accomplish together! 

For more information contact:
Jennifer Burbank, Volunteer Coordinator
at 607.796.6061 x4043 or email

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 
(Summer hours Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30; Fri. 8-1)

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