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World Food Day: Keynote & Networking

Monday, October 16 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Rines Auditorium
Audience: Adults, Seniors

Join the Maine Gleaning Network and Portland Public Library on October 16th for World Food Day 2017 Celebrations, which will mark the end of the First Annual Maine Gleaning Week Oct 7-Oct 16th. The World Food Day events will begin at 4pm on Monday, October 16th in the Rines Auditorium with a keynote address from Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank with Steven M. Finn, University of Pennsylvania, LeanPath speaking on the intersection between hunger relief and wasted food. Participants of the Maine Gleaning Week will also contribute to the conversation in a panel discussion at 4:30 where they’ll present the results of Maine Gleaning Week.

World Food Day is about Zero Hunger—a Global Goal for the world to achieve together. We have 15 years to end hunger for every child, women and man around the world. Reaching it will save countless lives and build brighter futures for us all. Help us ensure the world does not forget the promise it has made by sharing #ZeroHunger in your community.

Networking opportunities and refreshments provided by the Food Recovery Coalitions will follow the presentation at 5:00pm. For planning purposes, please RSVP to

About the Maine Gleaning Network

The Maine Gleaning Network emerged in 2015 out of Healthy Acadia’s Gleaning Initiative, to provide technical assistance to emerging gleaning organizations and community groups around the state. Our members include Downeast Gleaning Initiative, Merrymeeting Gleaners, Central Maine Gleaners Group, Unity Food Hub Gleaners, Cumberland County Gleaning Initiative, Lincoln County Gleaners and statewide UMaine Cooperative Extension Harvest for Hunger and Master Gardener programs. Our common goal is to ensure that our food system can count on professionalized gleaning and food rescue services to support local farms, community food security, and living economies in Maine.

Hannah Semler carries a crate of produce donated to Healthy Acadia by the Beech Hill Farm in the town of Mt. Desert, Maine, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (Photo by Robert F. Bukaty)

As a partner to the Food Recovery Coalition’s Feeding the 5000 Portland event in October of 2016, we gleaned 4193 pounds, representing 13 different crops from 17 farms, to make 5,000 meals for the public uncovering just the tip of the iceberg of what is left in Maine’s fields every day. In the spirit of furthering awareness and elevating gleaning as a practice for the future of food in Maine, we are organizing a week-long gleaning celebration this October.

With support from Healthy Acadia and The Quimby Family Foundation, the Maine Gleaning Network is organizing the First Annual Maine Gleaning Week 2017, in partnership with Good Shepherd Food Bank, UMaine Cooperative Extension, and the Food Recovery Coalition. From October 7th-16th gleaning organizations will gather surplus crops from Maine’s fields, and engage communities in coordinated activities showcasing an important contribution to building a more resourceful and equitable food system.

Visit the website and follow their story on instagram @mainegleaningnetwork