FRESH Food Drive

This holiday season, help our market gleaning partners feed those in need! The FRESH Food Drive ensures that our vulnerable neighbors have access to fresh, wholesome food this Thanksgiving.

Since 2010 we’ve hosted Thanksgiving FRESH Food Drives at our markets. Throughout November, we raise money from shoppers and community members to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and turkeys from our local farmers at market. This fresh market food is then given to the gleaning partner at each market and used to prepare Thanksgiving baskets or meals for neighbors in need. Here’s how it works:

  1. During the month of November, community members make donations to FRESHFARM at the market information tent or online.
  2. The week before Thanksgiving, FRESHFARM purchases fresh food at market and donates it to our gleaning partners.
  3. Gleaning partners prepare Thanksgiving meals for our hungry neighbors, using fresh food from the market.
  4. Our small farmers earn additional revenue as they head into the winter season.

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2021 FRESH Food Drive Schedule

Wednesday, November 17
Reston, gleaned by Food Rescue US

Thursday, November 18
Ballston, gleaned by +One
Penn Quarter, gleaned by Thrive DC

Saturday, November 20
Arlington, gleaned by AFAC
Columbia Heights, gleaned by Food Rescue US
Downtown Silver Spring, gleaned by Shepherd’s Table
H Street NE, gleaned by First Church-Christ Holiness
Monroe Street, gleaned by First Church-Christ Holiness
Mount Vernon Triangle, gleaned by Food Rescue US
Oakton, gleaned by Food For Others
Springfield, gleaned by Food Rescue US
Uptown, gleaned by +One

Sunday, November 21
Dupont, gleaned by DC Central Kitchen and Food Rescue US 
Mosaic, gleaned by Food Rescue US

Tuesday, November 23
CityCenterDC, gleaned by Following Francis

Learn about our gleaning partners.