Accomplished January – November 2018
15.0 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
6.5 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
Total of 21.5 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
64.5 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
5,765 Events Held and 27,805 Volunteers Engaged
939 Unique Participating Farms and Other Providers
2,045 Unique Agencies Received and Distributed Food
News and Events
Wrap It Up
The year 2018 is almost at a close. It has been a great year for gleaning — so many volunteers working with us to provide nutritious food to people in need. As we wrap it up, please consider helping us make 2019 another great year of service. Every $30 you give provides 1,000 servings of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables to people in greatest need of this food.
Alabama Wraps it Up
SoSA in Alabama wrapped up the season with a potato drop in Auburn on a cold and rainy day. Volunteers worked mostly under tents and had a great day. Staffers Jesse Hoyer and Adrienne Holloway also set up a table at the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association meeting — they say it was so good to talk with the farmers.
Florida Has a Bounty
The citrus season is underway, but Florida in November was awash in a variety of produce. Program Coordinator Mike Elmore says there were great loads of pumpkins, sweet corn, clementines, satsumas, and romaine lettuce (certified healthy and ready for Caesar Salad.)
Georgia Focusing on the Elderly
November was a great month to partner with the Area Agencies on the Aging. The cabbage being picked here went to low-income and elderly housing unit food pantries. In addition, our staff, Adam Graham and Sandi Newman, participated with the state Senior Hunger Summit, focusing on one of the constituencies we work so hard to serve.
Mississippi Abounds in Sweet Potatoes
This year brought a huge increase in the volume of sweet potatoes being saved and provided to food pantries and food banks. Mississippi coordinator Andy Lemmon spent time talking with farmers around the state and developed new partners in feeding hungry people.
Tennessee Suffers a Wet Autumn and Keep on Gleaning
November brought the end of the gleaning season in Tennessee.Although sweet potatoes suffered from heavy fall rains, plenty of other crops kept volunteers busy in the state.
Virginia Completes the Year with Annual Thanksgiving Glean
This year, as with many previous years, Virginia field gleaning wrapped up at a turnip field in Riner. Virginia Program Coordinator Sarah Ramey worked with volunteers using their Thanksgiving morning to gather food or others.