harvesting for the hungry

About Us

Our Mission: GleanKY gathers and redistributes excess fruits and vegetables to nourish Kentucky’s hungry.

Our Start: GleanKY was founded in 2010 by three individuals seeking to attack two problems: food waste and hunger. Recognizing both an opportunity with excess food and a large number of people needing food, we explored creative and effective ways to connect the two.

Our Strategy: By gleaning (aka, collecting) excess produce from grocery stores, supermarkets, farms, orchards and farmers’ markets, GleanKY reduces local food waste and provides fruits and vegetable for more than 50 food pantries, meal programs and neighborhoods in food deserts. GleanKY produce is never sold and is intended only for food-insecure people. Since our inception, we have served as a vital link between local sources of food and hunger programs. We glean more than 800 times a year and yet we’ve just scratched the surface of diverting wasted food. As GleanKY’s food sources and partners grow, we’re expanding outside of Fayette County.

Read more about our efforts to alleviate hunger in Kentucky in our annual reports.