State agriculture officials are asking those who have extra crops this year to donate it to charity.
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding was in Adams County over the weekend touting the success of gleaning; and what exactly is gleaning?
“Gleaning is harvesting the leftover crop that is on the tree or around the tree,” Redding said. “The end use is putting this on the table and in the homes of those who are food insecure.”
Redding also said the pandemic has put some strain on the charitable food system, and encouraged people to volunteer at local food banks.
“We can’t have a charitable food system without volunteers,” Redding said while he was at York Springs harvesting apples. “And that’s who you see in the orchards today. Folks who are giving their time to come out, harvest some fruit that ends up in the bags and in the homes of those in Pennsylvania.”
State residents who have been negatively affected by COVID-19 are eligible to receive food from Pennsylvania’s food banks and pantries.