To celebrate the urban bounty, cultivate resilience and address food waste through creative, collaborative solutions.


Rust Belt Harvest is an organization that harvests and distributes surplus urban fruit and vegetables in Buffalo, NY. We believe that resilience begins with community. That’s why we organize community harvests, where trees are harvested seasonally by volunteers. The fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste, are distributed to food banks, shelters and soup kitchens in Erie County. Even the non-edible grade fruit is donated to local farms.

In 2018, 11.1 percent (14.3 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time. In Western New York, 1 in 8 people is at risk of hunger or food insecure. 1 in 5 children are food insecure. Rust Belt Harvest provides support to families and individuals, while contributing to Buffalo’s sustainability by helping to eliminate food waste and food insecurity. Rust Belt Harvest envisions a resilient community where everyone has access to healthy, local food, waste is minimized and we have abundant, bountiful relationships with each other and the Earth.

We invite our community to join us in our mission to celebrate the urban bounty, build an abundant, equitable community and address food waste in Buffalo, NY.