Gleaning in Alabama


The Society of St. Andrew has delivered more than 16 million pounds of salvaged potatoes and other food to the needy in Alabama This has resulted in approximately 48 million servings of food going to Alabama’s hungry.Through the Alabama Gleaning Network, we coordinate volunteers in many areas of the state who actually enter fields after farmers have finished harvesting and simply pick up the tons of good produce left behind. Our volunteers represent groups from various church denominations, synagogues, youth groups, other civic organizations, individuals, and inner-city residents.

Each year, we coordinate hundreds of volunteers to glean nearly hundreds of thousands of pounds of a variety of produce in Alabama. Please join us in this exciting hands-on ministry.

Alabama Gleaning

To volunteer in Alabama, call or write using the contact information in the right column of this page, or use our Volunteer Form.

Most gleaning events take place on weekends, where gleaners arrive in the fields around 8am, and are on their way home by noon. Society of St. Andrew makes all arrangements with farmers, produce containers, and food distribution. All the volunteer gleaners need to do is show up. Volunteer groups are encouraged to take food back to agencies or programs that they support in their local area.

People of all ages can glean. Gleaners should be able to bend over and should be able to bend and lift several pounds of produce.

It is important that the contact person be reachable by phone during daytime hours.

Most of our gleanings are in the morning and last three to four hours. Gleanings are scheduled on weekdays and on Saturdays.

If you have questions about when local crops are available, we would be happy to help.

Recent Alabama Facebook Feeds

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Peach Gleaning Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16th! We will be at Reeves picking peaches starting at 7:15am. Last week we picked 2700 lbs of beautiful peaches and the farmer has LOTS more needing to be picked so they don’t go to waste. PLEASE join us. Wear closed toed shoes or rubber boots, gloves and meet us at Reeves Produce Stand 447 Alabama Hwy 36 in Hartselle tomorrow morning. Call Mary Lynn Botts if you have questions 256-658-7555 or email me at See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Gleaning Peaches tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 11th at Reeves Peach Orchard in Hartselle. We are meeting at 7:15am at the produce stand, 414 AL. Hwy 36. Friday another peach gleaning at Campbell farm in Hazel Green. We will meet there at 7:15am. I will post address tomorrow. See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago