Accomplished January – August 2018
10.8 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
5.7 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
Total of 16.5 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
49.5 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
3,907 Events Held and 18,286 Volunteers Engaged
729 Unique Participating Farms and Other Providers
1,359 Unique Agencies Received and Distributed Food
News & Events
Marian Kelly to Retire on September 28
Marian was there, in 1979, when the Society of St. Andrew was created. For decades, she has coordinated the Potato & Produce project, sending thousands of truckloads of fresh produce to hungry Americans. She will be SO missed when she retires at the end of the month.
Friday, September 28 is designated a special day of giving in honor of Marian. All funds received will support food deliveries through the Potato & Produce Project. And the first $25,000 raised will be matched by a fund created by the SoSA board and staff.
On a dreary, but otherwise great day of gleaning in Tennessee, volunteers gleaned 2,500 pounds of watermelons in Knox County. The melons were sent to Wesley House for distribution to hungry families and individuals. We’re always grateful for our farmers and volunteers for making this miracle of feeding happen day-after-day throughout the entire growing season.
A huge thanks to volunteers from Bounty & Soul, Rotary Club of Arden, St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Brevard, and New Vision Baptist Church for gleaning 235 pounds of broccoli and 1,093 pounds of celery at North River Farms in Mill River. Super farmer, super gleaners, super foods!
Mississippi Crop Drop 18
The annual Community Day Crop Drop at Jackson State University was held on August 18. Bags of sweet potatoes were given to families that attended the event. Participants also received container garden instructional sessions, recipe cards, a cooking demonstration, and a visit from a mobile medical clinic.
Despite Some Bad Weather, Great Apples in Georgia
In August, SOSA volunteers in Georgia were busy gleaning everything from apples to muscadine grapes.
Gleaners in Tiger, Georgia gleaned in an orchard that suffered from the growth of fungus because of wet weather. And yet, the farmer invited them to find and gather more than 1,700 pounds of perfectly wonderful apples right off the trees.The apples were given to the Northeast Georgia Food Bank in Clayton.
SoSA in Florida Works with High School Garden Program
In Clermont, Florida, East Ridge High School has a 25,0000 square foot vegetable garden.
Students harvest eggplants, kale, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, and green beans that they donate, through SoSA, to food pantries and food banks in Central Florida
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