About Us

Cascade Gleaning Association is a member-based, 501C non-profit organization, meeting the needs of the community right here in Snohomish County.

From local supermarkets, farms, businesses and restaurants, our members "glean" food, clothing and other items that are picked up, sorted and re-distributed to the members of the association.

Our members must demonstrate a need such as falling into the category of low income families, the disabled, or unemployed. Each family is responsible for a yearly membership fee and 3-5 hours per week of work in exchange for shopping from gleaned food, thus meeting needs while encouraging a strong work ethic and preserving self esteem. Any food items that we cannot use are distributed either to other non-profits in the area or ultimately to animal farmers as feed.

If you are interested in finding out more about us and would like someone to contact you or wish to join us, please fill out our contact form.

"What is Gleaning?" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleaning ) Gleaning had its beginnings in Biblical days over 6,000 years ago. It was practiced then as a way to provide food for the less fortunate while maintaining the dignity of the recipient by allowing him or her to work for food. It literally means: to gather grain left in the field by reapers.