After the Harvest, a new hunger-relief nonprofit focused on getting fresh fruits and vegetables to feed hungry people, marked the end of its first 100 days of operation on September 19, noting that it has provided more than 500,000 pounds of fresh produce to Harvesters and other area feeding agencies.

Living up to its tag line: “Healthy Food for Hungry People,” the new organization has provided everything from strawberries to watermelon, greens to sweet corn, and potatoes to okra – much of it grown within 100 miles of Kansas City. After the Harvest works with local volunteers to glean fields and orchards after they have been harvested, gathering produce that has been overlooked or graded out by farm workers. This is fresh, nourishing food that may not meet market standards for retail sale. In some cases, farmers are actually growing crops specifically for the organization to pick and deliver to feeding agencies.

After the Harvest also works with commercial growers to get truckloads of excess and B-grade produce – fruits and vegetables that are perfectly good to eat but have been deemed unmarketable. The produce is donated by the grower or packer, and After the Harvest pays packaging and freight costs. These truckloads of produce are then delivered to Harvesters – the Community Food Network, the organization’s largest distribution partner.

The new nonprofit works with community organizations, faith congregations, small and large businesses, scouting troops, schools, civic groups and more, to engage volunteers in gleaning. After the Harvest currently has many gleanings scheduled each week and weekend through the end of November. For more information about gleaning opportunities, go to to check the weekly schedule of gleanings.

After the Harvest will celebrate the fall harvest with a “harvest happy hour” fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 23. The event will be held 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Grace and Holy Trinity’s Founders Hall, 415 W. 13th St. Complimentary beer, wine, other beverages and hors d’oeuvres of the season will be served. Funds raised during the event will be used to cover the cost of truckloads of produce to be moved into Harvesters during the winter months. To register to attend the event, please call 816-921-1903. For more information about the Harvest Happy Hour, call Christina Martin at 816-531-5207.

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