Welcome to Produce Recovery Resource Guide

Rotary First Harvest is leading an effort to connect food banks, growers and volunteers around Washington State to fight food insecurity.

This site contains best practices from a number of local produce recovery projects. A produce recovery project, such as gleaning, involves collecting and distributing surplus produce to the hungry. Best practices are provided in the form of articles and related examples.


  • RFH Featured in Civil Eats Article 

    Rotary First Harvest is helping to get produce onto hungry people’s plates and spearheading farm-to-food-bank programs in Washington State, which is saving ugly and surplus produce every year. Read the full article here.

  • RFH Produce Recovery Guide

    A hardworking team of volunteers at Seattle Give Camp, updated the Produce Recovery Guide. New features to the Guide include consolidation of gardening and gleaning into one "Produce Recovery" tab; updated Host Site Map and Harvest Directory, improved organization of articles within the Sites tab, integrated Twitter feed and updated content from our Harvest VISTA team.

  • Visit our Harvest Blog

    Visit the RFH Harvest Blog for the latest and greatest updates from our hardworking AmeriCorps VISTA members working in the fields and orchards all across Washington State to fight hunger and reduce food waste. 


Featured Article

Growing Food, Growing Community

Over the past few years Lettuce Link has grown high-quality plant starts for P-Patch food bank gardeners. In 2011, approximately 5,000 starts to P-Patch food bank gardens, community gardens, and low-income gardeners.

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Fun Facts

  • Numbers of volunteers who served: 16,293 volunteers
  • Total volunteer service hours: 71,663 hours
  • Number of events: 4,039 events
  • New agricultural donors: 818 donors
  • Pounds of produce recovered: 3,622,574 lbs