Starting the summer of 2012, a group of 7 students, including the two summer garden interns, have gone to the Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market just before closing time, to collect donations, or to “glean,” any produce that vendors would not be able to sell or use elsewhere. The  idea began with Tom Roberts of Snakeroot Farm and Joe Klaus of Colby’s Dining Services, both involved with the program Maine Harvest for Hunger. Any and all produce or other foodstuffs gleaned from the market have been brought back to Colby’s walk-in refrigerators, to store overnight until the food could be distributed to local food banks.  This program provides fresh produce to hungry Mainers, who normally might not have access to fresh produce.