Food Pantry term: GleanerPosted: August 29, 2011
So I learned about this term recently while at the Food Pantry.
A Gleaner is an individual who picks up goods that are still edible but for one reason or another is not something the company or grocer can sell on the shelves. Instead of it being thrown into garbage, the goods are loaded onto a truck and donated to the food pantry.
The reasons they may be unusable to the store:
*Mislabeled – I’ve seen an entire pallet of canned goods marked “Spaghetti sauce, mislabeled as tomato sauce”
* Newer Stock – We get some goods because the store gets a restock of newer goods