After the Harvest is a locally-based, locally-focused hunger-relief nonprofit which rescues fresh, nutritious produce that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it to organizations feeding hungry individuals, families, children and seniors.

With a small staff and the help of thousands of local volunteers, they glean farmers’ fields of excess produce and pick up already-harvested excess produce from farms and markets. The produce is then transported to food banks, pantries and kitchens to feed our hungry neighbors, primarily in the Kansas City metro area and in the states of Kansas and Missouri. They also secure truckloads of donated fruits and vegetables (that might otherwise end up in landfills) from large commercial producers and supply it to Harvesters and other food banks.

During harvest season -- from May-November -- SMUUCh members help After the Harvest by gleaning produce that would otherwise go to waste from farms and orchards located within 30-45 minutes of Kansas City. The gleaning events are usually in the morning and last no more that four hours.

To volunteer, go to aftertheharvestkc.org/get-involved/volunteers/ to sign up with the organization as a Gleaner and you’ll be notified when opportunities become available. Or take a look at the volunteer calendar on their website and sign up for a specific date in advance. They’ll let you know the location and produce to be gleaned based on what’s ready to harvest.

For more information, contact Randy Burdge.