Students Glean Fresh Produce for Community Members
In 2015-16, the student-run Stanford Gleaning Project hosted more than 10 meetings where up to 15 students volunteered to harvest fruits and vegetables across campus for donation to underserved populations in the Bay Area. Sources of the produce included fruit trees planted around campus, gardens of local community members, and excess from the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm. All of the produce harvested was donated to the hungry and homeless people in the Bay Area through partnerships with regional organizations, including the Ecumenical Hunger Program, and Saint Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park.
With support from the Haas Center, the Stanford Educational Farm, and the SPOON student organization, the Stanford Gleaning Project donated about 200 pounds of fresh produce to local community members over the course of the year.