- 3 hours on a Saturday (1:15-4:30 p.m.); no ongoing commitment required
- Ability to lift heavy boxes of produce
- Heartside, Midtown
- Local farmers' markets and downtown Grand Rapids
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You don’t mind going up to people and meeting them. Plus, you’ve always been interested in meeting the farmers and getting to know where their food comes from anyway! You love the hustle and bustle of the Farmer’s Market. You’re willing to lend your physical prowess to carry fresh, healthy food in order to make a difference in the lives of others. You feel that everyone you meet has dignity and worth—and probably a recipe you want to hear about!
About Heartside Gleaning Initiative
Heartside Gleaning Initiative empowers Heartside and surrounding communities to become healthier through increased access to healthy foods and nutrition education. They collect excess produce from farmers’ markets and transport it to the low-income neighborhood of Heartside for distribution to individuals, food pantries and free and low-cost meal programs.
What Others are Saying
The first time I volunteered, I was hooked and kept coming back. Each week the number of vegetables that were being donated by the farmers grew; in the end, we gleaned more than 17,000 pounds of vegetables. I was amazed at how much the farmers were willing to give. I think this is a great program not only because it gives a chance for the farmers to give back, but also enables people who can't afford vegetables to have a chance to live a healthy lifestyle.Britta
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Heartside Gleaning Initiative directly.
What to Expect
Fill out this form to sign up for an upcoming gleaning date, and Executive Director Eleanor Moreno will reach out to you. On your first day, there will be a quick on-site orientation and a waiver form to sign.