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Richmond volunteers, fruit tree owners needed for fruit gleaning program

The food bank and emergency shelters benefit from fruit redistribution.
Richmond’s Urban Bounty is starting it’s Fruit Gleaning program again. Photo via Getty Images

Richmond’s Urban Bounty is calling for volunteers and fruit tree owners to join their annual Fruit Gleaning Program.

The program collects excess or untended fresh fruit from Richmond backyards and public lands and redistributes them to community organizations to reduce food waste.

The Richmond Food Bank, Raincity Housing and Storeys Cafe are a few organizations that have benefitted from the program.

“Our goal is to reduce food waste and improve food security in Richmond, which is especially important now with the rising costs of food,” said Urban Bounty in an email to the Richmond News.

Last year, the program redistributed about 1,400 pounds of fruit and the non-profit is hoping to beat that this year.

To sign-up as a volunteer or a fruit tree owner, click here.

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