1507 Grimm Drive
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814-459-3663
Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

1507 Grimm Drive
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814-459-3663
Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Second Harvest for the Hungry

A gleaning partnership with local farms


What is gleaning?

Gleaning is the picking and gathering of fruits and vegetables that remain after the regular harvest.

What can be gleaned?

Any fruits and vegetables that are still in edible condition and are not overripe.

Why should we glean?

If growers would participate in the gleaning program, the edible and nutritious food could be collected and distributed to the needy. 

To provide fresh produce to a family whose food budget is already stretched is truly a blessing as fruits and vegetables help fight many common diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular ailments. 

What happens to the crops after harvesting?  

Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA will distribute the food to people in need through our network of 298 member agencies located in 11 counties of northwest PA. 

These agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, Kids Cafes and other nonprofit organizations. Last year, Second Harvest distributed 11 million pounds of food to 72,600 people. 

Who are the gleaners?

Farmers can use their own workers or Second Harvest can provide volunteers.

The volunteers are individuals, schools or groups who want to get involved to help the hungry and prevent the waste of food. School age children must be supervised by adults.

Second Harvest staff members will be present to give instructions and ensure that the land and crops are respected and well cared for. 

Interested in becoming a gleaner? Click here

Am I liable as a grower?

In 1996, The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was signed into law. This law protects good-faith food donors from civil and criminal liability should the product later cause harm to its recipients. Individuals, nonprofit agencies, corporations, partnerships, organizations, associations, governmental entities, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, caterers, farmers and gleaners who act in good faith are protected. 

The Emerson Act provides protection when food and grocery products meet all quality standards imposed by federal, state and local laws and regulations even though the food may not be “readily marketable due to appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, surplus or other conditions.”

Who will run this program?

Second Harvest Food Bank of NW PA, which has collected and distributed food in the area for the past 28 years, will coordinate the gleaning program.

How can a farm get involved?

Farmers can contact Sr. Karen Kosin, the Product Resource Manager at 814-459-3663, ext. 107.     

Before gleaning begins, a representative of Second Harvest will contact farmers for instructions on gleaning, parking and other necessary information. At the end of the season, growers will receive records of donations for tax purposes.

Our partner farmers include:

Fairview Evergreen

Johnston's Nursery

Mobilia Farm

Mason Farms

Orton Farms

Port Farms