Bringing Local Bounty to People in Need

Every year, ~20 billion pounds of surplus fruits and vegetables are left in the fields of America’s farms. Meanwhile, 12% of Rhode Island residents, 51,000 households, are food insecure. Children, seniors, and working families struggling to make ends meet utilize a network of over 200 emergency food pantries and meal sites from Westerly to Woonsocket.

Hope’s Harvest RI mobilizes volunteers to collect unharvested produce and deliver it to needy populations. As an efficient and effective solution to the twin challenges of food waste and hungry people, farm-based food recovery (also known as “gleaning”) strengthens our local food system and makes our communities less dependent on commodity food shipped from thousands of miles away instead of what’s in our own backyard.

Farmers: Donate Food

Volunteers, fully insured and supervised by experienced staff, come to your field and harvest crops that would otherwise go to waste. Gleaners work on your schedule, and donations are tax deductible.

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Volunteers: Glean Food

Make a difference in your community by picking fresh fruits and vegetables for your neighbors in need. Gleaning volunteers register, sign waivers, and are then notified of upcoming gleaning trips to sign up.


Support Our Work

Your contribution puts fresh, healthy, local food in the hands of our friends and neighbors in need.


This work is made possible by the Carter Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Innovation, a program at the Rhode Island Foundation funded by Letitia and John Carter.

We are grateful to our business sponsors who believe in the power of farm-based food rescue to strengthen our local food system in ways that work for everyone. To find out more about becoming a sponsor, contact us.