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10/30/2013-- Carnation, WA, USA<br />
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Volunteers from  Harvest Against Hunger, organized by Rotary First Harvest (http://firstharvest.org) glean food from Oxbow Farm in Carnation, WA, near Seattle.<br />
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Here: Karen Ullman, 23 (center, back) harvests red butter nut lettuce, with Jody Miesel, 34 (right).<br />
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A lot of food is wasted in America, where 40% of food is thrown away. In an effort to eliminate food waste, local programs enable volunteers to go to farms and glean after a harvest, saving food that would be thrown away or plowed under because it is not in good enough shape to sell.<br />
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A program in Washington pairs gleaning with AmeriCorps volunteers to pick up and distribute the waste. Local volunteers glean crops and transport food to a local food bank or soup kitchen, prep the food, and use it to feed senior citizens or low income communities.<br />
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Photograph by Stuart Isett<br />
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