Servants from various organizations walked over to the Tampa Convention Center to pack leftover produce from a Food Expo into boxes and ultimately onto large trucks and vehicles to serve local ministries and food banks. Servants came from Hyde Park United Methodist (48), Abe Brown Ministries (9), Dream Builders (3), New Hope United Methodist (6), University of Tampa (2), and First United Methodist – Lakeland (2).
Organizations benefiting from the fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables were Feeding Tampa Bay (and all those that it serves), Good Samaritan Mission, Open Arms, Dream Builders and several banks in the Orlando area. The gifts of each person serving contributed to the success of the project; there was something for everyone to do and everything done was much needed.
This project will alternate between Orlando and Tampa over the next several years. It will be in Orlando next year on March 9, 2019. Mark your calendars and plan to join us. If you’d like to volunteer for future gleaning projects, sign up here.