Sign up for gleaning and get your hands a little dirty.

This has been a year of shifting and changing to better serve those in need in our community, but also to make the After the Harvest volunteer experience the best it can be. Check out what’s new re: masking and more:

  • In line with the latest CDC guidelines for mask wearing, After the Harvest will not require volunteers to wear masks while gleaning in large, outdoor areas.
  • We may require a mask if specific gleanings dictate additional precaution or at the host farm’s discretion, in order to insure our growers’ safety and comfort. 
  • Masks will still be required for volunteers in indoor gleanings (in green houses and the like), and in close quarters while packing and delivering.
  • Volunteers are asked to maintain at least a six-foot distance from those outside of their household for the duration of the gleaning.
  • Gleaners will be notified of any mask requirement in advance of their gleaning.
  • Masks are required by volunteers taking part in ATH public events (including farmers markets).

Rise and shine and bring your family and friends, corporate co-workers and congregations, groups and organizations to glean (harvest what’s left over) with After the Harvest. Together, you’ll rescue fruits and vegetables from farms, orchards and gardens. Then, we deliver the produce fresh from the field—you can help do that too if you can!—to pantries, kitchens and shelters feeding our hungry neighbors.

With morning weekday and some weekend gleaning events, from May through November—sometimes earlier and sometimes later depending on the weather and growing season—you’re sure to find a fit. All are welcome, including children of any age, who get to see how our food grows and where it comes from. 

Please note: Gleanings are within 30-45 minutes of downtown Kansas City. We’ll contact you the week of your gleaning (sometimes up to the day before) with where and what you’ll be harvesting, based on what our growers tell us is available.

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It’s as easy as signing up below.

  • Check the tabs on the Volunteer Calendar below for everything you need to know about gleaning and sign-up. Scroll to May through November.
  • Sign up for Gleaning and News Alerts for pop-up gleanings and other ways to help.
  • If you’re with a company, take a look at our corporate gleaning options.

Contact us at 816-921-1903 or

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Gleaning can be habit-forming. Feel free to take it a step further and become more deeply involved in our produce rescue efforts. 

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VEG Squad

Join the Vegetable Emergency Glean Squad, our quick response team that comes together on short notice for weekday morning produce gleanings. Sign up
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Field Supervisor

Lead gleanings and build relationships with growers after completing training in safety and best practices. Sign up
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Produce Rescue Driver

Transport rescued produce from markets and farms to agencies feeding those in need. Volunteer for weekly farmers market pick-ups. Sign up to be contacted for pop-up pick-ups.


There are lots of other ways to volunteer for After the Harvest in our office and in the community.


Sign up by clicking on scheduled gleaning dates, generally from May through November. Sign up for 2022 gleaning season starting in May.
To stay informed about upcoming volunteer opportunities this season, sign up for email updates here.

Volunteer Calendar
Gleaning: What to Expect
Gleaning: FAQs
Volunteer Calendar

Gleaning: What to Expect

Welcome Gleaners! Thanks for your interest in signing up to rescue fresh, nutritious produce to feed hungry people.

What to expect as you sign up to glean:

  • Sign up to glean via the Volunteer Calendar tab.
  • Sign up as: “Individual, “Family/ Group” or “Organization”(office, scouts, school, etc.), and fill in the projected number of gleaners and ages. You will receive an email with instructions and a link to fill out the required electronic waiver form. All volunteers attending are required to complete a waiver form before entering the field. 
  • Note to leaders:  Once you sign up for your group, you’ll receive an email with a link to forward to other participants so they can also sign up and fill out their waivers. We may be able to accommodate a larger number of volunteers than indicated or a different date and time.
  • If you see a gleaning event listing that says “produce gleaning,” instead of, say, “apple gleaning”, that means we’ll be gleaning, but don’t yet know what will be ready to harvest on which farm.
  • Our gleaning network manager will e-mail you near your gleaning week with the farm address, field supervisor contact info, produce to be gleaned and notice of delay or cancellation due to bad weather.
  • Tell us via your sign-up if you can help deliver gleaned produce to food banks or pantries (we make our best effort to find an agency along your route).
  •  Click here for the FAQs.

Gleaning: FAQs

The page provides answers to common questions that our volunteers and supporters have asked. If you don’t find what you are looking for please go to the CONTACT page. Thank you for your support and involvement.


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“Gleaning for After the Harvest has been such an invaluable learning experience for our whole family. It feeds the soul to nourish the hungry with fresh local food. I love introducing my children to these local farmers that grow healthy food. The true reward is to bring this food to pantries the very same day to provide a nourishing meal for those in need.”

—Jennifer, After the Harvest volunteer