Accomplished Jan. – Sept. 2018
- 11.6 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
- 5.8 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
- Total of 17.4 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
- 52.3 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
- 4,665 Events Held and 20,428 Volunteers Engaged
- 810 Unique Participating Farms and Other Providers
- 1,473 Unique Agencies Received and Distributed Food
News and Events
North Carolina Annual Yam Jam
At this Annual Yam Jam event, 250 volunteers gleaned more than 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes in Willow Springs, North Carolina. It rained early that morning, but these tough volunteers stuck it out and gleaned in the mud.
Tennessee Gets Freshman Students Involved
For the second year in a row, freshman students from Ensworth School gleaned with SoSA as part of their school’s Service Day. In just over an hour on a September morning, these students gleaned 200 pounds of bell peppers from Allenbrooke Farms, providing 600 servings of fresh and organic food to neighbors in need. The peppers were given to Graceworks Ministries in Franklin, Tennessee.
Alabama Expands Farmers Market Gleaning
Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) in Alabama worked with the Lauderdale County Extension Office to create a farmers market gleaning program. The program gathered nearly 3,500 pounds of vegetables this year. The food was then distributed through church-based food pantries and soup kitchens.
Indiana Program Coordinator Goes on TV
SoSA in Indiana was featured on the IndyStyle show for Indy DO Day. This day actually consists of several days when the people of Indianapolis get to know their neighbors, take ownership of their neighborhoods, and take care of one another. Ann Radtke, SoSA Program Coordinator, gave a hands-on example of how we use our net bagging when gleaning. She also hosted a bag cutting event as part of Indy DO Day on September 27.
Florida SoSA Feeds the Homeless During Hunger Action Month
Florida Program Coordinator Mike Elmore prepped 35 bagged lunches and a cooler of iced water bottles on the last Saturday of Hunger Action Month. With his girlfriend, he passed out the lunches to the homeless population around Lake Eola, a major landmark in downtown Orlando. Mike says he wrote “You Matter” on the bags because homeless people want to be acknowledged and to be seen.
Mississippi Students Stay Engaged with SoSA
Jackson State University students always host a crop drop in August. They also want to “pay it forward” by cutting and tying red bags for the upcoming potato drop at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Virginia Volunteers Box Peaches for Agency Distribution
Sunshine and peaches! Volunteers from the Latter Day Saints and the Highway Full Gospel Food Pantry box peaches on a sunny day at Crown Orchard to distribute to our hungry neighbors in Lexington and Petersburg.
Great Gleaners in Georgia
We depend on volunteers like Tommy. We met Tommy at the North Georgia United Methodist Men retreat in August. He quickly became one of our most eager apple gleaners with his church’s food ministry. Whether you can glean with us once, or quite often, like Tommy, we would love to have you glean with us.