Food Recovery and Gleaning
Food recovery and
is the collection of wholesome food for distribution to the poor andhungry. It follows a basic humanitarian ethic that hasbeen part of societies for centuries. We know that
or gathering after harvest, goes back to atleast as far as biblical days. Today, the terms
and “food recovery” are often usedinterchangeably and cover a variety of differentmethods of food collection.
USDA Encourages Gleaning Program forFederally-Insured Crops
According to USDA studies, more than one-fourth of all the food produced in theUnited States is wasted.You can reduce food losses that begin in the field.
is the collection of crops fromfarmers’ fields that have already been harvested orfields where it is not economically profitable toharvest. This term can also be used to describe thedonation of agricultural products that have alreadybeen harvested and are being stored at a farm orpacking house. The Federal Crop InsuranceCorporation encourages and promotes
efforts of insureds. Insurance providers areencouraged to allow
in situations where acrop or portion of a crop may otherwise go unused orbe destroyed.
Acceptable Charitable Organization
FCIC will allow
only when the crop hasbeen
by a charitable organization listed in theDepartment of Agriculture Handbook, “A Citizen’sGuide to Food Recovery” and the insured has notreceived compensation from the organization. If aparticular organization is not listed in the handbook,contact the State coordinator listed in the handbook.“A Citizen’s Guide to Food Recovery” also containsother relevant information on
and foodrecovery, such as the “Good Samaritan Law” thatprotects the insured for liability issues.
Gleaning on Harvested Acreage
will be allowed on crop acreage that hasbeen harvested as long as any remaining cropproduction on the harvested acreage cannot beharvested using normal and proper harvest methods(e.g., production from lodged corn that can only behand harvested.)Some crop provisions (e.g., tomatoes, peppers) statethat production not meeting the specific requirementsof the crop provisions will not be consideredproduction to count; other crop provisions maycontain similar provisions. Producers are encouragedto permit such production to be
.Harvested production declared zero market value(quality adjusted to zero value or zero production tocount) and that is required to be destroyed (e.g., cornwith quality adjustment factor of .000);
orfood recovery of any salvageable production will beallowed as long as the crop does not containsubstances or conditions identified by the Food andDrug Administration or other public healthorganizations of the United States as injurious tohuman or animal health.
This fact sheet gives only a general overview of the crop insurance program and is not a complete policy. For further information and an evaluation of your risk management needs, contact a crop insurance agent.
United States Department of AgricultureRisk Management Agency
2009 INSURANCE FACT SHEET
Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington