Project Background

Hope’s Harvest RI is a startup gleaning project that mobilizes volunteers to rescue food from local farms that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it to local hunger relief agencies.

Gleaning is the ancient practice of collecting unharvested produce from farmer’s fields and distributing it to people in need. There are over 250 gleaning projects across the United States, which means that gleaning – also known as “food recovery” – is a proven and well documented model for improving food security and minimizing food waste.

To date, Rhode Island has not had its own farm-based gleaning project, although our neighbors in MA, VT, and ME all have strong and vibrant communities of gleaners.

Hope’s Harvest RI started gleaning in the 2018 growing season and is fiscally sponsored by Farm Fresh Rhode Island, a registered 501c3 organization.

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, and the Claneil Foundation.


headshotEva Agudelo is the founder of Hope’s Harvest RI. Since 2008, she has worked with beginning farmers, restaurants, retailers, farmers markets, non-profits, and hunger relief agencies, to improve community food security and bring about a food system that works for everyone. Eva started the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative through the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, served as a FINI program officer at Wholesome Wave supporting incentive programs at farmers markets across the U.S., and most recently, was the Assistant Director of Programs at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, administering federal nutrition programs and supporting Rhode Island’s statewide network of food pantries and meal sites. She holds an M.S. from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and is a member of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC).