Society of St Andrew Gleaning Network

Monthly News and Stats

Accomplished January 1 to October 31, 2017
15.1 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
8.6 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 23.7 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
71 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
5,184 Events Held and 28,267 Volunteers Engaged

News and Events

Yam Jam in North Carolina Provides One Million Servings of Food!
This group from North Carolina State University is just a few of the 1,478 volunteers in the first 5 weekends of the 6-week Yam Jam. So far, more than 310-thousand pounds of sweet potatoes have been collected and distributed, with one more weekend to go – this will feed hundreds of thousands of people!

The Georgia College GIVE Center Distributes SoSA Food to 50 Organizations
200 students and community volunteers joined together on the Milledgeville, Georgia campus on November 4 – “National Make a Difference Day.” At this annual potato drop, the group distributed bags of potatoes to more than 50 organizations, including Chard Wray Food Pantry, Cafe Central, the Baldwin County Life Enrichment Center, Habitat for Humanity, and numerous churches.

Green Beans Become a Feeding Project for Alcoa UMC in Tennessee
The United Methodist Men in this East Tennessee church coordinated the bagging to 6,000 pounds of green beans. The food went to the Louisville Christian Assistance Center, Sunset Gap Community Center, Norris Area Food Pantry, and Manna House in Knoxville, feeding hungry people across two counties.

Middle School Students Get Hands-on Lesson in Gleaning in North Carolina
About 100 8th-graders picked peppers in Mill River at a farm research center. All the food picked was distributed to local food banks by SoSA.

Students at the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg Feed the Hungry
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at USM partnered with The Society of St. Andrew on this 20,000 pound Sweet Potato Drop. Students helped to address and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Pine Belt area.

SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

Be part of SERVE Day 2017 with around 400 others from both Hyde Park campuses! Individuals from Hyde Park and their friends and family will sort food, park cars, hand out turkeys and more at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent on Nov. 19. The address of this year’s tent is 905 N. Governor Street, Tampa, FL 33602.

Shifts are available throughout the day and range from one and a half to two and a half hours. Participants wear red “Making God’s Love Real” T-shirts. If you would like a T-shirt, you can order one using the form below.

T-shirts can be purchased for $10:

  • In the Aldersgate Coffee Shop at any time
  • Nov. 19 (SERVE Day) in the Courtyard

Children must be 8 years old to participate in SERVE Day. Child care is available for children 7 years old and younger at the Hyde Park Campus 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. only.

Registration for SERVE day is through the Metropolitan Ministries website.
Click on the opportunities below for details and to register. Once you select your service area, you will be asked to create an account  (if you have not already created an account from last year) to complete the process and also electronically sign a legal waiver.

Registration requires each person to create an account. If you need any assistance with this process, please contact Christina Mitchell, Director of Volunteers and Events, Metropolitan Ministries, 813.209.1067.

Do you need child care or a red Hyde Park T-shirt? Fill out this form. 

Register for SERVE day using this form or click on the links below.

Early Morning Parking:
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

General Tent Volunteering:
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
noon – 2:30 p.m.
2 – 4:30 p.m.
4 – 6:15 p.m.

Chapel Volunteering:
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
noon – 2:30 p.m.
2 – 4:30 p.m.
4 – 6 p.m.

Parking and Wagon Pulling:
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
noon – 2:30 p.m.
2 – 4:30 p.m.
4 – 6:15 p.m.

Spanish Speaking Volunteers:
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
noon – 2:30 p.m.
2 – 4:30 p.m.
4 – 6:15 p.m.

Curious about what the Holiday Tent is and how it gives hope to families in Tampa Bay? Learn more in this article from the Tampa Tribune.

Emotional Support After the Hurricane

Emotional Support After the Hurricane

Recovering from a hurricane can be extremely stressful. The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church has resources to provide emotional support to anyone in the impacted area including clergy, spouses, retirees, church staff and congregations. You do not have to be a member of our church to take advantage of these free services.

If you need help managing stress and anxiety related to hurricanes or other natural disasters – including referrals to community resources to help with specific concerns – call 1-866-342-6892. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week courtesy of Wespath, the United Methodist Church’s health benefits provider.

Online help and information is available here.

  • On the liveandworkwell.com home page, click “I don’t know my access code” under the log-in box.
  • On the next page, select “Optum Behavioral Health Employee” from the drop-down box.
  • On the next page, select “Crisis Support” and then “Disaster Planning and Recovery.”
Missions Celebration Sunday is Oct. 1

Missions Celebration Sunday is Oct. 1

More than 40 different Missions organizations are supported by you and the rest of the Hyde Park congregation. Hear stories from and meet our mission partners face-to-face at our annual Missions Celebration 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 in the Harnish Activities Center. Light refreshments will be provided.

Missions ministries and partners will host information tables in the Harnish Activities Center. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the missions our congregation supports and how you can get involved, too.

Multiple opportunities are available to serve and support Missions Celebration Sunday. By volunteering to set up, organize, or donate food to the event, you can help make God’s love real to our congregation on Missions Celebration Sunday. View all opportunities and sign up here.

Society of St Andrew Gleaning Network

Accomplished January 1 to August 31, 2017

12.5 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
7.6 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 20.1 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
60.3 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
3,337 Events Held and 18,457 Volunteers Engaged

Click here for the summer newsletter.  Click here for the website.

Give Support and Scriptures with Manna Bags

Give Support and Scriptures with Manna Bags

The Manna Ministry assembles and sells Zip-lock bags filled with Scriptures, information on community resources, healthy snacks, sunscreen and a pair of socks for distribution to impoverished individuals to help them feel the love of Christ. Manna bags are generally available to purchase the last Sunday of the month in the Courtyard for $5.

2017 Manna Bag sale dates:

  • Aug. 27
  • Sept. 24

For more information, contact Gray Caron, 813.839.0083.

Learn more about serving at Hyde Park United Methodist here.

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