The Garden State’s agriculture agency is offering grants to help pay for crop gleaning to support the state’s food banks.
The Trenton-based New Jersey Department of Agriculture is accepting gleaning support applications and the agency plans to distribute up to $100,000 to eligible nonprofit organizations, according to a news release.
Grants are available to New Jersey entities that can demonstrate evidence of gleaning for a minimum of two years within the past three calendar years.
Gleaning support program funds must be used to support gleaning activities, which include the harvesting, collection and distribution of donated produce from the state’s farm fields to organizations helping feed the state’s hungry.
Grant funding originates from the state’s food purchase program which Gov. Chris Christie allocated $6.8 million this year, according to the release.
The funds are to be distributed quarterly to the state’s food banks to purchase healthy food with a high priority on buying locally grown produce.