Gleaning Exchange

t2t31.gifOn March 14, the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona brought together representatives of organizations fighting hunger in both Israel and Tucson to discuss gleaning and other food rescue programs.

Paul Leiba, of the Israeli food rescue agency Table to Table, met with Dr. Varga Garland of the Community Food Bank, to share information on the challenges they both face in providing food for those living below the poverty line.

Among their programs, both agencies operate gleaning projects. Volunteers harvest fruit and vegetables that would otherwise be left to rot and distribute them to non-profit agencies that feed the poor, such as food pantries and school nutrition programs. In Tucson, the efforts are focused primarily on collecting produce from private gardens, while in Israel they work mostly with small farms and orchards. Table to Table’s gleaning project is supported by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation.

t2t1.jpgPictured from left: Community Food Bank Vice President of Community Food Security Dr. Varga Garland, Jewish Community Foundation Vice President Esther Sherberg, Table to Table Director of Development Paul Leiba, and Jewish Community Foundation Trustee Ann Goldfein.

For more information, please call Nancy Ben-Asher Ozeri, Director of Communications at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona:  577-0388.