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Lockport meeting set on rescuing wasted food

LOCKPORT – The Plentiful Partnership of Niagara will hold a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Cornell Cooperative Extension board room at the Niagara County Fairgrounds, 4487 Lake Ave., to discuss how to stop food waste and gather good food that might otherwise be thrown out for the benefit of those who need it most.

The concept, called gleaning, involves taking unsold fresh food from farm markets or farms and making it available to those who lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Topics of the meeting will include how to become a field or market volunteer gleaner, tax deductions for farmers for the value of the produce, and how area farms and community gardens can reduce waste.

The Cooperative Extension program also will be developing a market-gleaned produce drop-off schedule and is looking to coordinate its efforts with area food pantries and soup kitchens.