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Boston Area Gleaners
Boston Area Gleaners (BAG) was founded in 2004 as a small group of volunteers committed to bridging a critical gap in our food system—between farmers with surplus produce and people without access to healthy food. Over the past 15 years, BAG’s partnerships, infrastructure, and yield have expanded rapidly, and the organization has become a major supplier to hunger relief organizations in the region as well as a nationally-recognized business model. To this day, BAG remains the only farm gleaning organization in Eastern Massachusetts.
Ultimately, BAG’s goal is to build innovative partnerships with local farms, hunger relief organizations, and social justice-focused food businesses to alleviate food insecurity, promote farm sustainability, and reduce food waste. In addition to on-farm gleaning, the organization maintains distribution channels. engages in community outreach & education, and provides infrastructure & market support for both producers and customers in the regional food system.