The Columbia Gorge Gleaning Project was started in 2015 during a Ford Family Leadership Training Program in Hood River. This collaborative project covers five counties in the Columbia River Gorge in both Oregon and Washington: Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat, and Skamania.
“COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness, and there is no indication that the virus can be transmitted by food.” – Oregon Department of Agriculture
1 in 3 people in the Gorge worry about running out of food, while 1 in 5 miss meals regularly. Hunger in the Gorge is epidemic and can be directly addressed by increasing access to quality, local food.
We collect fresh fruits and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public and private orchards and backyard gardens. The produce we recover is donated to hunger relief groups across the Columbia Gorge region.
Nearly 40% of fresh foods in the United States are wasted. 1 in 3 people in the Gorge worry about where their next meal will come from. Columbia Gorge Gleaning offers a simple solution to this problem by connecting surplus fruits and vegetables with the food insecure people in our communities.
Visit GorgeGleaning.com to learn more, sign up to volunteer, or register a crop to donate.