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.