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OUR HISTORY

Glean – ‘To gather from a field what is left’

Gleaning is a biblical concept in which God instructed farmers to leave a portion of their crops for the poor to gather.  Christ’s heart is clearly loving and compassionate towards the poor.  Today we can feed the hungry by gleaning surplus and off grade produce from food distributors, importers, growers and packing plants. 

Inspired by the Okanagan Gleaners and Fraser Valley Gleaners in western Canada, the Ontario Christian Gleaners located in Cambridge, Ontario began production in September 2008.



 
 
2015
  • December - 5.3 million servings of soup distributed around the world in 2015 and 3714 bags of dried fruit.  (35.2 million servings of soup to date)
  • Received donations of granola, dried blueberries and strawberries & chocolate to add to our shipments.
  • Mural painted on the side of our storage trailer depicting the work of the Gleaners.



  • 2014
  • December - 5.34 million servings of soup distributed around the world in 2014 and 9979 bags of dried fruit.  (29.9 million servings of soup to date)
  • November - International Marketplace held at the Gleaners Building.  30 Mission organizations provided information about their work and sold artisan products to raise funds for those in need in developing countries.
  • November - Additional meeting space added on to the Gleaners building



  • 2013
  • December - 6.32 million servings of soup distributed around the world in 2013 and 1958 bags of dried fruit.  (24.6 million servings of soup to date)



  • 2012
    • December - 7.1 million servings of soup distributed to 30 different countries around the world in 2012 by 65 mission organizations.  (18.28 million to date)
    • November - International Marketplace - 30 Mission Organizations providing information and selling unique gift items made by the poor around the world with all funds raised directly supporting the poor in developing countries
    • February – Volunteer Team from the Gleaners travelled to Guatemala to lend a helping hand and gain insight into the work of various Christian mission organizations and how they are using our soup




    2011
    • December – 5.3 million servings of soup distributed in 2011  (11.18 million to date!)
    • September – Participated in Doors Open Waterloo Region – 700 guests toured!
    • July – Produced our 10 millionth serving of soup!
    • April – Meeting to develop a 3 year strategic plan for the Gleaners


    2010
    • December – 4.24 million servings of soup distributed in 2010  (5.89 million to date!)
    • Spring – Construction of the dryer room addition

    2009
    • December – 1.64 million servings of soup distributed in 2009 to 23 different countries
    • February – First week of soup packaging


    2008
    • December – Testing the new belt dryer
    • October – Grand Opening Open House – over 500 people attending
    • September – First day of operation – 13 volunteers

     
    10 millionth serving!
    1st week of soup packaging
     
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