Supermarket Gleaning

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WHAT IS GLEANING?

Gleaning is the collection of food from retailers who are unable to market the product due to minor damage or a code date issue.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?

Our staff will come to your store to meet with the Store Manager, Department Heads and Receiver to discuss procedures for donating. This will also be an opportunity to answer any questions the staff has. At the meeting, a weekly pick-up schedule will be determined (the number of pick ups per week will be based on the store’s volume). Our refrigerated trucks will then come to your store on the scheduled day(s). Donation receipts will be mailed to the store on a weekly basis. Electronic monthly, quarterly or yearly donation reports can also be sent at the store’s request.

WHY SHOULD I BOTHER?

In the United States, according to the USDA, 27 percent of all the food produced each year is lost at the retail, consumer and food service levels. That turns out to be about nearly 1.5 tons of food per year for every man, woman and child facing hunger in the United States. To put it another way, we throw away about 263,013,699 pounds of food every day… every single day! And much of what is wasted is just surplus food. It is perfectly edible. It’s a win, win practice.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

If your organization is interested in participating in our Supermarket Gleaning program, please contact Tim Vogel.

THE COMMUNITY FOODBANK OF NEW JERSEY WOULD LIKE TO THANK AND RECOGNIZE ALL OF OUR PARTNERS IN OUR SUPERMARKET GLEANING PROGRAM: