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.

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We thank Publix Super Markets Charities for their recent gift to help fund packaging and transportation of donated produce to food agencies that feed the hungry.

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

Looking like this Saturday is going to be a perfect day to bag potatoes to feed the hungry. Please join us from 9am to 11am at Asbury UMC , 980 Hughes Road in Madison. All ages are welcome, many hands make light work! Give the gift of your time to help your hungry neighbors! Mary Lynn Botts, botts@knology.netImage attachmentImage attachment


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We will be there!

Check out the JustServe Madison, AL Facebook page for photos of this amazing turnout!

Had so much fun today!

Your #GivingTuesday money is already going to work! Society of St. Andrew is having a Potato Drop today, sponsored by Rowland United Methodist, and volunteers are packing a tractor trailer of potatoes into bags right now. Thousands of bagged sweet potatoes will be taken today to more than 20 agencies such as food pantries, shelters, and churches that feed hungry people in the Rowland, NC area. Thanks for everyone’s commitment to helping this very important mission. More photos here
Before this day is over -- donate to SoSA’s special GivingTuesday effort. Be part of sending one million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to agencies that feed the hungry. Feed people who need it - and keep good, surplus food from going to the landfill. #GivingTuesday #endhunger #noleftoverfood #feedhungrypeople #zerofoodzerowaste #nofoodwaste #lesshungerinamerica
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