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Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network

MAGNET

What You Can Expect


First of all, you will have a wonderful time picking produce on a beautiful farm with committed hard working people.

Plan to meet at the appointed location and a volunteer supervisor will tell you about the farm, crop and how to pick it.  We suggest wearing comfortable work clothes that will protect your skin from the sun, plants and insects, a hat and sunscreen. Gloves and a water bottle are also recommended.

Gleaning Schedule


Interested in gleaning? Please call the gleaning hotline to find out where the gleaners will be this week. A taped message gives time and location of scheduled gleaning opportunities. Leave a message for a map or directions and to register. We place field supervisors at rendezvous points with further instructions. 

We welcome individuals and any size group. Call us to arrange bringing a large group from your school, church, neighborhood, etc.

Recorded Event Announcements:703-785-2238

​Main Office for additional information:  703-780-1195

Volunteer Gleaning

How does it work?


MAGNET coordinates volunteers to harvest fruits and vegetables that will not be marketed from local farms. The food is trucked to the local food bank hubs using own transportation. Taped message gives time and location of scheduled gleaning opportunities. Leave a message for map or directions and to register. Agency places field supervisor at rendezvous point for further instructions.

What is Gleaning?

Historically, gleaning began in the Washington DC area in 1988 as a result of a conference held by national and local leaders concerned with hunger in our nation's capital. Initially, the Society of St. Andrew, a national anti hunger organization, sponsored the gleaning events. As an outgrowth of these efforts, the Mid- Atlantic Gleaning Network was established as a nonprofit organization to conduct gleaning in the National Capital region. Annually, we provide more than 5 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to hungry people in our area. 

The Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network links farmers who have crops that are edible, but not marketable, with those who distribute food to the needy through the work of volunteers.