412 Food Rescue’s Hidden Harvest program gleans fruits and vegetables from public and privately owned trees, orchards, farms and gardens to provide fresh food options for our nonprofit partners. Our volunteers harvest produce that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute to nonprofits that serve those who are experiencing food insecurity. Launched in the fall of 2016 in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, our first Hidden Harvest season gleaned over 2,200 pounds of fruit from city and privately owned trees. In 2017, Hidden Harvest expanded significantly, with almost 300 volunteers harvesting over 10,500 pounds of fruit.
A percentage of the harvest, mostly inedible fruits, are earmarked for value-added product production to generate awareness and funding support for 412 Food Rescue. We have collaborated with Wigle Whiskey, Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream and Threadbare Cider and Mead to launch limited edition products that further our mission to end hunger and end food waste.
Our program continues and expands on the initiative founded in Pittsburgh in 2013 by Rose Tileston and Carolyn Barber, both of whom have since moved from Pittsburgh.
Hidden Harvest runs from June through October and is a great opportunity for group volunteering! Want to learn more? Click the button below to contact us!
Donate your Backyard Fruit Trees or Farm Fields to Hidden Harvest!
Have a fruit tree in your backyard that produces more than you can use? Donate your tree to Hidden Harvest and our volunteers will harvest the fruit and clean up the area around your tree, putting the produce to good use and protecting the health of the tree in future seasons!
412 Food Rescue also partners with farms that serve the Pittsburgh region to glean surplus produce that would otherwise go to waste. Our volunteers both harvest and deliver the produce directly to our nonprofit partners. Our farm partners include Triple B Farms, Braddock Farms, Triple A&R Farms, and Blackberry Meadows Farm.
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