Lexington organization gleaning help in the fight against hunger

LEXINGTON, Ky.-(WKYT) For many of us buying and eating fresh produce is not something we think twice about, but for thousands of Kentuckians who don't know where their next meal will come from fresh fruit and vegetables are a luxury.

WKYT's Amber Philpott has more on one organization's solution to help stop hunger in our area.

Every week at the Lexington Farmers Market you will find the freshest produce.

Many times you will some folks shopping for the produce that doesn't always find its way here.

"On Sunday at the Lexington Farmers Market we collected 1,125 pounds of food from farmers. They donated what they weren't going to be able to sell in a timely fashion," said Erica Horn, Board President for Glean Kentucky.

Horn is one of the founders of Glean Kentucky.

In 2010 the idea sprouted for a non profit to help alleviate hunger and it only grew.

"We take that excess food and we deliver it to other agencies and groups that feed people who are hungry by giving them food boxes or by cooking hot meals," said Horn.

Gleaning simply means to collect the remains of crops, essentially all of the leftovers and to growers it's a huge help.

"Last year they came out to the farm and picked up a little over a ton of extra squash that we had so it kept it from going to the compost pile," said Adrienne Eggum with Stonehedge Farm in Woodford County.

This gleaning network has helped build a partnership of local growers, churches and farmers markets connecting people while providing a solution to an all to real problem.

"The need is huge, one in five one in six depending where you are in Kentucky are hungry," said Horn.

While it may not be possible for one person to end hunger, Glean Kentucky is trying one vegetable at a time.

In four years Glean Kentucky has collected 400,000 pounds of food with the help of some 300 volunteers.

On Sunday July 20 Glean Kentucky will host its second annual fundraiser called Burgers and Beats at Wallace Station on Old Frankfort Pike.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and folks are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy great music and food from renowned Chef Quita Michael.

For more information on the fundraiser and Glean Kentucky click on the web link below.

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