For many, THIS is a favorite seasonal program!
Our Harvesting Program is really what gave Food is Free ABQ it's start. It gives us a chance to see so much of the beauty of this city - once you KNOW what fruit trees look like - you see them EVERYWHERE! It is beautiful and magical to drive down a street and see a bright orange orb peeking over a fence or around a corner. This beauty is only made more magical when we can serve our core belief.
Fresh Food is a Human Right
Begining in 2020, FIFABQ began offering Home Harvests alongside the traditional FIFABQ Led Harvests
Each year FIFABQ harvests dozens of trees and shucks thousands of pounds of food through our Gleaning/Harvesting Program. Fruit trees typically produce hundreds of pounds of edible food and the typical family can not keep up with the production and it begins to rot and fall. This is where we come in! Once we confirm a Harvesting Appointment, Food is Free ABQ will harvest the excess on your tree and mindfully distribute the fruit to organizations helping those struggling with food security.
An added bonus to our homeowners, besides feeling great, is you will receive a tax-deductible receipt for the end of the year.
Do you want to be a Gleaner when you grow-up? Us too! We work hard to ensure we are creating efficient teams for each individual harvest. Don't worry you won't have to learn alone, we always send our volunteers with a trained leader who is in charge of the individual harvest. This job is a very tasking position but is a highly rewarding one! Our trained leaders are tasked with ensuring our high standards are upheld at each and every harvest. As a volunteer, you will be provided with the required tools to achieve the job you are given.
As the donor or the volunteer, you can rest easy knowing our utmost goal is creating and nurturing long-lasting relationships.
Becoming a Gleaner
A little bit about Harvesting from our ABQ Involved Grant WInner!