Food rescue (also known as gleaning) is the ancient tradition of collecting excess fresh food from farms, gardens, restaurants, or other sources and donating it to those in need. It is a successful model for reducing the waste of valuable produce, and it gives low-income individuals access to fresh and locally-grown foods that are not always available in their communities.

Hawai'i is fortunate to have a year-round growing system and a long cultural tradition of sharing and growing food, but every year thousands of pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables go to waste on farms large and small and even in backyards as fruit trees go unharvested. Though there are a few small community- and faith-based gleaning efforts, there has not been a dedicated Hawai'i Island food rescue project...until now.

Through the act of gleaning and sharing food, we connect and nourish our community to build stronger relationships and a deeper appreciation for our food.