|DATE:||February 12, 1999|
|MEMO CODE:||SFSP Policy Memorandum # 19-99|
|SUBJECT:||Small Resource Farmers and Gleaning|
Over the past two years, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been encouraging program administrators and partners to better utilize small resource farmers and gleaning efforts as means to enhance feeding operations. We are providing the information in this memorandum because we believe these two resources have potential for adding nutrition, value and variety to Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals.
There are farmers markets listed on a comprehensive website for every State (except Hawaii or Nevada.) The website address is: www.ams.usda.gov/tmd/markets/states.htm.
- field gleaning - the collection of crops from farmers’ fields that have already been mechanically harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest;
- perishable food rescue or salvage - the collection of perishable produce from wholesale and retail sources;
- food rescue - the collection of prepared foods from the food service industry, and;
- nonperishable food collection - the collection of processed foods with long shelf life.
Of the four methods, we believe field gleaning, perishable food rescue or salvage, and nonperishable food collection are best suited to SFSP. We do not recommend the food rescue method primarily due to food safety concerns.
The Food and Nutrition Service website has some very good information and resources on gleaning and food recovery. The information may be accessed at: www.usda.gov/fcs/fcs.htm, then click on Gleaning and Food Recovery, then click on A Citizen’s Guide to Food Recovery. Furthermore, USDA has established a gleaning hotline which is available to answer general questions and provide model program information about gleaning and food recovery activities. The hotline telephone number is: 1-800-GLEAN IT, or 1-800-453-2648.
STANLEY C. GARNETT
Child Nutrition Division
The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.