Accomplished January – October 2018
13.5 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
6.1 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
Total of 19.6 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
59 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
5,307 Events Held and 25,445 Volunteers Engaged
796 Unique Participating Farms and Other Providers
1,729 Unique Agencies Received and Distributed Food
News and Events
SoSA in Mecklenburg County North Carolina Awarded
SoSA in North Carolina is honored to win a 2018 Wipe Out Waste Ambassador award for our efforts keeping good food out of landfills and getting it to those in need. Watch this 3-minute video to see gleaners at work and to hear from our Charlotte-area gleaning coordinator, Jean Siers.
North Carolina Grows More Than Sweet Potatoes
A huge shout-out to Barbee Farms for allowing SoSA North Carolina one more shot at their field before it had to be plowed for winter! Seventeen gleaners saved more than a ton of peppers and another ton of eggplant which went to agencies all over the area, including Camino Community Center, Caterpillar Ministries, Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas, Friendship Trays, Inc., The Bulb, East Lincoln Christian Ministry, and many others.
Florida Hosts a Simple Supper
The Florida SoSA staff stopped gleaning to host a Simple Supper Supper and Silent Auction at Broadway United Methodist Church in Orlando. Delicious food, delightful company, and dynamite auction items were all available. Chef Robert Sayles prepared the food.
This was a fun fundraiser for SoSA and the proceeds went toward feeding hungry people across Florida.
Georgia Sweet Potato Drop Helps to Change the World
It was “Change the World” Sunday at Covington First United Methodist Church. Even something as simple as a sweet potato can help change someone’s world.These potatoes did not make the perfect grade for the grocery stores and would have been wasted. Instead, these potatoes filled food pantries throughout the county, and then reached the homes of families who need them most.
Indiana Office of SoSA Suggest Using Pumpkins as Food!
Those lovely, orange, round delicious fruits are one of the biggest food wasters – especially post-Halloween. There is so much you can do with them:
**roast the seeds when carving them (try spicing them up!)
**they make delicious pumpkin pie
**put pumpkin in your savory dishes — soup, ravioli, or curries
**freeze it or even make it into jam
Mississippi Gleans Fields — and Farmers Markets, Too
Recently, one of our Farmers Market Fresh Food Drives shared that they could use a SoSA banner at their table. They wanted to make it easier for folks to spot the donation table from across the market. It looks like that banner helped bring in the food — those are 19 gallon Ikea bags full of squash and zucchini, all quickly transported to food pantries.
Tennessee Hosts a Great Harvest of Hope Event
We’re grateful for a wonderful Harvest of Hope held in Fayetteville, Tennesee.Youth and adults from churches in Paris, Tennessee and Dahlonega, Georgia gleaned about 8,000 pounds of sweet potatoes, learned about hunger and food waste, and had a great time. Big thanks to West Farms, Crystal Springs Church Camp, Nourish Food Bank, God’s Storehouse, and Kroger’s.