In northeast Kansas recently, volunteers quickly and quietly moved through a field, picking ripe tomatoes and peppers. They were gathering fresh produce at Kansas State University’s Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center to donate to food pantries in the region.
A nonprofit organization, After the Harvest, coordinates the volunteers, who go through farm fields like this after growers have harvested their crops to glean whatever is left of the still-nutritious, healthy fruits and vegetables, keeping them from going to waste. Then, they donate them to agencies that serve hungry people, primarily in the greater Kansas City area.
This year, the K-State horticulture center donated 16,163 pounds of vegetables, up from 3,450 pounds in 2016.
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