How Does it Work?
Local Farms grow delicious, nutritious, and local produce. When they have food that won’t be sold or is surplus, they call us!
Volunteers, led by a knowledgeable farm leader, harvest or collect crops from our generous partner farms and deliver to food access sites.
Food Pantries, Meal Sites, Soup Kitchens, and Housing Facilities distribute gleaned produce alongside other offerings to those in our community with limited access to consistent food sources.
See the Get Involved page for more information about volunteer opportunities and how to sign up!
Who We Are
The Androscoggin Gleaners are a collaborative effort led by volunteers from St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, Healthy Androscoggin, Lewiston Housing Authority, UMaine Cooperative Extension, and many others. We are a proud member of the Maine Gleaning Network through which we collaborate with neighboring counties for gleaning trips and other events.
Gleaning Coordinator: Erik Wilson
Hello, my name is Erik Wilson and I am the Gleaning Coordinator for the Androscoggin Gleaners! I am someone who loves local food, wants to share that with everyone, and hates wasting food. I studied food systems planning at Tufts University and received a masters degree with research in gleaning systems. I live in Portland with my wife and our cat Archie and I love to ski, cook, play soccer, and get my hands dirty in the field. Please reach out anytime, I am always interested in talking about new gleaning opportunities or the food system in general!