Volunteers glean fresh fruits for hunger relief

Updated: 07/16/2014 9:13 PM | Created: 07/16/2014 9:11 PM
By: Kristen Garcia,

Some New Mexicans are getting creative to make sure people in New Mexico don't go hungry.

Volunteers with La Montañita Co-op, Feds Feed Families and Roadrunner Food Bank recently picked 1,000 pounds of cherries and apricots that had the potential to go to waste.

These programs are known as gleaning and can make a difference by bringing volunteers to locations to harvest excess fruits and vegetables on local farms, in neighborhoods with community gardens and other venues to give to hunger-relief organizations.

The owners of Nichols Ranch and Orchard near La Luz didn’t have the labor force to pick the fruit. Rather than let the produce fall to the ground, go un-eaten and spoil, they opened their orchard to volunteers from the USDA’s Forest Service Albuquerque Service Center and Lincoln National Forest employees to glean produce for hunger relief.

The produce will be distributed through the Food Bank’s network of partner agencies and programs helping hungry people.

To get involved in future gleaning volunteer projects, contact Candace Rodriguez at or call 505.349.8837.

Photo: courtesy of Edite Cates of La Montanita
Photo: courtesy of Edite Cates of La Montanita

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