Accomplished January 1 to November 30, 2017
16.7 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
9.1 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 25.8 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
77 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
5,482 Events Held and 33,449 Volunteers Engaged
News and Events
Harvest of Hope Wraps Up a Great Year
In 2017, more than 400 youth and adults participated in retreats in five states. They gleaned more than 93-thousand pounds of food that was distributed to more than 40 feeding agencies. See the 2018 schedule of events and sign up your group for a retreat at http://endhunger.org/hoh.
Florida Goes Into High Gear
As gleaning slacks off elsewhere, Florida becomes more busy than ever. In November, volunteers gleaned cucumbers from Long and Scott farms. Windermere Prep arrived with 100 students and St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church came the next day to continue picking. Fifteen thousand servings were distributed to the homeless in the Ocala Forest, and to families in Clermont and Orland.
Giving Tuesday Donors Support More Than 10 Truckloads of Food
More than $42,000 was raised on Giving Tuesday, supporting more than 10 truckloads of fruits and veggies to families in need. Rowland, North Carolina received the first truckload. 20,000 pounds of potatoes were distributed by New Hope United Methodist Church.
Cabbage for a Thanksgiving Food Distribution in Georgia
SoSA in Georgia is thankful for community partnerships like the one with United Way of South Central Georgia. A Tift County farmer was generous with his cabbage crop, and the annual Thanksgiving food giveaway included a field-fresh head of cabbage in each bag!
SoSA in Mississippi Honors Volunteers
No matter what kind of food will be gleaned any particular day, we always need help. Volunteers and partners make it all possible. So far in 2017, SoSA Mississippi has worked with 2,287 volunteers. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered with us this year and in years past.
SoSA Virginia at Annual Interfaith Walk in DC
The Society of St. Andrew brought apples to Embassy Row in Washington, DC, where participants in the Interfaith Unity Walk bagged food to be distributed by the Capital Area Food Bank. This was the 5th year SoSA has participated in the event.