As a kid growing up in Cleveland, I had a summer garden plot at Miles School Garden from 3rd through 12th grade. Before the first frost, the garden opened its doors to the community. Neighbors lined up to get into the gardens, paying 25 cents for each basket they brought, and filling them to the brim with fresh produce they could use, can, or freeze for the winter. Once the gardens were picked clean of everything edible, the plants were pulled up, and the garden could be prepared for winter.
I have fond memories of gleaning day and marvel at how it provided fresh healthy produce to our community at bargain prices.