- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A coalition of hunger advocates in southern Maine have organized an event where they plan to serve thousands of bowls of free stew made from the state’s leftover harvest.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2bRo8nO ) an estimated 2,500 bowls will be dished out during Feeding the 5,000, which is scheduled for Oct. 7 in Portland’s Monument Square.

The idea behind the event is to get fresh produce to the people who need it most instead of letting it go to waste by rotting away in fields.

Produce is often left behind in farmers’ fields because mechanical harvesters cannot pick up every single fruit or vegetable.

Event organizers hope to both educate the public about food waste and create a structure for future gleaning efforts.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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