Posted by Al Getler on Feb 17, 2017
 
Theresa Snow of Salvation Farms, spoke to the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club on February 17, 2017. The club learned about Vermont's farm gleaning effort. Salvation Farm is not a physical farm, but a group that gleans food from farms unused harvest. Some 14.3 million pounds of food is either not harvested or is placed in storage and spoils.
 
Salvation Farms organizes volunteers to put the extra food back into use (gleaning). The food is picked and/or processed by the volunteers and is loaded and shipped to reach food pantries. 
 
There are 80,000 food insecure residents of Vermont. This means these individuals are unsure from where their next meal will come. Farm gleaning can produce meals to feed many food insecure people.
 
 

Salvation Farms is a federally recognized, not-for-profit organization driven by a mission to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management.

We carry out our mission by fostering collaborative, cross-sector partnerships that create efficient management practices for Vermont’s farm surplus through the engagement and utilization of available resources, skills and knowledge.
 
We are deeply rooted in the philosophy that farms are, were and always will be our salvation; small diversified farms are the cornerstones and centerpieces of healthy, wholesome and stable communities and cultures.

Club members learn about gleaning and volunteer opportunities.