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Farm-based food recovery, also known as gleaning, is the ancient practice of collecting unharvested produce from a farmer’s fields and distributing it to people in need. There are over 250 gleaning projects across the United States, which makes gleaning a proven and well documented model for improving food security and minimizing food waste.

Hope’s Harvest started in 2018 as Rhode Island’s first gleaning project. Since then, our program has grown to include not only farm-based food recovery but also expanding markets for local growers via the emergency food system. As of 2022, Hope’s Harvest is proud to be a program of Farm Fresh RI — bringing fresh, nutritious, locally grown produce to our neighbors in need. Read our latest news →

This work is made possible by the Carter Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Innovation, a program at the Rhode Island Foundation funded by Letitia and John Carter, the Claneil Foundation, and other generous sponsors and individual donors.

To improve the livelihoods of local farmers, increase food security for our most vulnerable residents, and get everyone engaged in strengthening the food system by eliminating on-farm food waste in Rhode Island.

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Our Team

Eva Agudelo
Program Director

Eva supervises the Hope’s Harvest team, gleans resources to support our programming, and does “big picture” planning to ensure we’re meeting our mission. She also coordinates contracts with growers and our surplus purchasing programs.

Tasha Kaluzynski
Volunteer, Comms & Dev

Tasha is our Volunteer, Communications & Development AmeriCorps VISTA member working to develop and expand the ways Hope's Harvest brings people from around RI to strengthen our local food system.

Shannon Hickey
Operations Manager

Shannon is the main point of contact for farmers who want to donate produce. She coordinates and leads our gleaning trips and manages communications to volunteers and our social media.

Ally Jennings
Hunger Relief Manager

Ally works with Market Mobile to ensure all of the food Hope’s Harvest brings in is distributed widely to our dozens of partner agencies through a variety of state and federal programs.