We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities.

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If you’re a farmer, consider donating unmarketable fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Gleaning Coordinator Carl with gleaned produce.


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What does Gleaning do?

Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County's Gleaning Program helps bridge the gap between farmers and food pantries in our area. 

Our Gleaning team of staff and volunteers visit farms across the Hudson Valley to pick up donated produce and transport it to local agencies fighting food insecurity. Often, the produce we take is too small or not the right shape or color to meet the high standards of our current market. However, it is always fresh, edible, and nutritious. 

The GleanMobile, our refrigerated box truck, delivers the produce to the Hudson Valley Food Bank and local food pantries, soup kitchens, and community organizations. 

We couldn't make any of this possible without our volunteers and donors! If you’re a farmer, consider donating unmarketable fresh fruits and vegetables, any amount can help. If you would like to volunteer your time, come meet us out in the field! Gleanings are scheduled throughout the growing season.

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Food Insecurity & Our Mission to Help

We deliver donated fresh produce to emergency food resource providers. This includes community organizations, food pantries, emergency shelters, and soup kitchens. These organizations provide food to people facing food insecurity in Orange County. They often struggle to meet the needs of this growing population. Many organizations face barriers to providing fresh foods, such as limited refrigeration and the high cost of these foods. We attempt to fill this gap in offerings by delivering fresh, local produce to distribution sites during distribution hours.

Meet The Staff


Stiles Najac

Food Security Coordinator

(845) 344-1234 Ext. 257


Carl Erich

Gleaning Program Coordinator

(845) 344-1234 Ext. 255


Stiles Najac
Food Security Coordinator
(845) 344-1234, Ext.257

Last updated May 8, 2024