Gleaning in Mississippi & Arkansas

The Society of St. Andrew has delivered more than 21 million pounds of salvaged potatoes and other food to the needy in Mississippi and Arkansas through our Potato and Produce Project. This has resulted in almost 62 million servings of food going to hungry families in Mississippi and Arkansas.

The Society of St. Andrew operates a volunteer-driven Gleaning Network that includes volunteers who save fresh produce every year and use it to feed hungry people all across the two states.

In 2016, Program Coordinator Andy Lemmon appeared on the Mission: Nutrition radio program. The show, hosted by Rebecca Turner on SuperTalk Mississippi, focuses on food, health, and nutrition. Andy explains the work of Society of St. Andrew. Runs 24:44.

Through the Mississippi Gleaning Network, we coordinate volunteers in many areas of the states 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.

Mississippi & Arkansas Gleaning

We can arrange gleanings based on any desired date! Contact us about the date you want.

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 that 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 day-time hours.

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

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

For information about gleaning in Mississippi, please contact our Mississippi Program Coordinator.

Recent Mississippi & Arkansas Facebook Posts

Our crop drop in August was so much fun! While we did not give away 1 million pounds of food in a day, the event was still a huge success. :) Watch the video here: 

We had numerous community partners in attendance showcasing the services and opportunities they offer to the community. It was a great way to show the community coming to receive free food that there are tons of resources for them right around the corner. #endhunger #teamwork #societyofstandrew #communitypartners #msfoodnetwork #goodsam #deepsouthdining #nickwallace #footprintfarms #partnershipforahealthyms
Looking for a Mission Trip? Check out these opportunities through our Harvest of Hope Program. You can also register online here: If you have questions, you can always call me! #endhunger #harvestofhope #gleaning #societyofstandrew #reducefoodwaste #zerowaste #nochildhungry #endchildhoodhunger #fighthungertogether

I watched a 20 minute YouTube video. It was jaw-dropping to see the various videos and images of food waste in multiple cities. However, I won't post a link to this video for you. Please allow me to explain why I won't be linking the video:

1. Out of 20 minutes of video, nearly 16 are spent targeting 1 specific retailer for their food waste. We all know that many in the U.S. have a food waste problem, not just one.

2. The grocer is not allowed to explain why certain items that "appeared" good to eat were thrown into dumpsters. By showing shocking images of food and not allowing explanations, it glosses over the fact that some things like Dairy and Juices are not safe to eat if they sit in hot/uncontrolled temperatures for extended periods of time. E.g. they showed a bottle of orange juice and said the seal was intact and the best by date was nowhere near. However, if the cooler that juice was sitting in malfunctioned and that juice sat in extreme temps for time periods, it could be rendered unsafe for consumption. I personally would not drink Orange Juice that had been sitting in a dumpster for 4 hours, in the Southern part of the U.S. during the summer, sealed or not.

3. The "reporter" was sneaking around and documenting this grocery store's waste without prior notification. This means the "reporter" never asked that specific store if they are already connected with a gleaning organization or food rescue operation. Many groceries work with Society of St. Andrew and I don't think it's fair to sneak up on a provider of food without allowing them to list the many great things they are doing. I also believe that documenting one group's dirty laundry could make them hesitant to work with a gleaning group for fear of additional negative exposure.

I think partnering with the stores & asking how we can serve and help reduce waste is a good way to start. Changing the world is easier if we work together instead of against each other. #endhunger #gleaning #worktogether
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