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CAC Gleaners

Since its inception in 1992, CAC Gleaners, originally known as Wisconsin Harvest, has safely recovered perfectly good food from grocers, restaurants, bakeries, and caterers that would have otherwise gone to waste in landfills. CAC Gleaners distributes collected food to people in need through shelters, community centers, food pantries, senior centers, soup kitchens, and low-income apartment complexes at no cost.

Through a network of 45 dedicated volunteers and 64  donors, CAC Gleaners collect and distribute approximately 800,000 pounds of food per year to food distribution sites on regularly scheduled distribution routes. CAC coordinates routes with donors and recipient agencies and matches volunteer drivers to those routes. 

We believe no good source of food should go to waste, and no person should go hungry tonight. As the city of Madison moves towards 100% renewable energy, we are proud to do our part to make South-Central Wisconsin a little greener.

We invite individuals, volunteer groups, and businesses to join our dedicated volunteer team in increasing food security in our community. During the scheduled pick-up times, the volunteer drives to a donating business, loads food items into his/her vehicle, and proceeds to deliver the food to one or more sites.

CAC needs Gleaners!

 If interested in volunteering for Gleaners, visit our Volunteer page to learn more.

Contact Us

CAC Gleaners currently operates in Dane County. 

To learn more about CAC Gleaners, contact Harold Bergeman, Food Security Specialist (Food Recovery & Volunteers) at:
(608) 246-4730 x 207 or haroldb@cacscw.org.