Ag Against Hunger had its first glean of the Salinas Valley season at a Tanimura & Antle lettuce field in Spreckels, Calif.
More than 100 volunteers turned out May 21 to glean for the nonprofit. Spreckels-based Ag Against Hunger collected 7,260 pounds of Tanimura & Antle Artisan lettuce from a 1-acre field behind the company’s offices.
The organization has gleaned many commodities over the years with Tanimura & Antle. This was the first time for Artisan, said Lindsay Coate, Ag Against Hunger’s marketing director.
Some of the volunteers came from Markon Cooperative, which sponsored the glean, First Capital Bank, First Presbyterian Church, and the National Charity League. Red Blossom Farms and Central Coast Young Farmers & Ranchers provided food for the gleaners.
Since 1990, Ag Against Hunger has collected and distributed more than 172 million pounds of surplus produce from more than 50 grower-shippers. In California’s Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, it feeds more than 75,000 low-income people each month.
The lettuce was expected to be fully distributed by May 24.