Food loss and food waste occurs everywhere in the world (40% to 50% of vegetables and fruit).
We see this as an untapped resource - everywhere.
In developing countries lack of refrigeration, transportation and processing compound the problem.
We are wakening to the reconsideration of preserving food through dehydration (it is the oldest method of preservation).
In most of the countries we have shipped to small scale farmers and vendors could reduce food waste through the use of solar dehydration.
Dehydration has the followingbenefits:
- A long storage life
- No additional energy unlike cooling, freezing or canning.
- Significantly reduced volume and weight - a benefit for storage and transportation
- Helps provide essential nutrition to the vulnerable that may not otherwise be available.
Oliver, British Columbia
Peace Country Gleaners
La Crete, Alberta
Fraser Valley Gleaners
Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Reapers of Hope
Gleanings for the Hungry
Southwestern Ontario Gleaners
Ontario Christian Gleaners
Niagara Christian Gleaners
North Okanagan Valley Gleaners
Lavington, British Columbia
assist with the world’s food security,
while reducing food waste.
In Canada each year we collectively glean:
- around 4.5 million kilograms of fresh produce
- produce in excess of 50 million servings (cups of soup)
- harnessing over 160,000 volunteer hours
- shipping to an average of 40 different nations