A Day in the Field

Gleaning is nothing new to Rebecca Page. She’s been out in the fields of North Carolina, working as our Triangle Area Gleaning Coordinator since April 2011. But she had unexpected notoriety last December when one of her gleanings was covered by the CBS Evening News.

Rebecca Page and Jason Brown

Triangle Gleaning Coordinator Rebecca Page and former NFL center, now-farmer, Jason Brown, at his First Fruits Farm in Louisburg, North Carolina. Photo by David Vos

That day, Rebecca was working with dozens of volunteers in a potato field owned by former NFL center Jason Brown. The St.Louis Rams player quit football in 2012, in the midst of a high-paying contract, so he could move back to North Carolina, start a farm, and contribute food to feed the hungry.

He got his First Fruits Farm up-and-running in 2013, and it became productive in 2014. That’s when he contacted the Society of St. Andrew, the Interfaith Food Shuttle, and the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. Rebecca responded with a total of 455 SoSA volunteers, gleaning the fields of First Fruits Farm on 7 days in October and November. They gathered up about 119,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and cucumbers, all quickly distributed to food banks in more than 10 counties in Eastern North Carolina. Brown hopes to contribute 200,000 pounds this year.

The story of the former NFL lineman feeding the hungry was a good one, and was covered by TV, radio, newspaper, and Internet. For Rebecca, the gleaning story was not new, but having a dedicated new farmer is very good news. We are grateful Jason Brown has joined the team of generous farmers on the front line of contributing so much help for so many.


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In the event I, or a registered family member, suffers any illness or accident requiring emergency hospitalization, medication, or other medical assistance while participating in a gleaning event, permission is given for any medical treatment which is deemed necessary and reasonable under the circumstances. I fully understand and comprehend that reasonable care will be exercised by the adult staff for this gleaning event to protect the safety of those involved. I understand that the field supervisor’s instructions must be followed at all times, and that I am responsible for any damages caused to fields, farms, or equipment by me/my family members not following these instructions.

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I do not hold the board, members, or employees of the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA,) or any volunteers liable for injury, bodily harm, accidents, or death of myself/my child during events sponsored by the Society of St. Andrew. Neither will I hold the person(s) who owns and/or operates the property from which we glean, salvage, or to which we deliver food, liable for accidents, injury, or death during the gleanings or other SoSA events.

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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

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