Gleaning in Alabama

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In 2021, through October:
1,872,408 pounds of food gleaned and distributed
5,617,224 servings of fresh food shared
393 events held to rescue and share food
1,200 volunteers engaged in hands-on service
92 recipient agencies and partners

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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 on 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.

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Dont forget about SoSA on #Giving Tuesday! An AWESOME donor has agreed to MATCH your gifts up to $50,000 on Nov. 30! Help us reach our goal and feed our neighbors in need! #endhunger
Rather than fight the crowds at stores- shop Gift Hope! SoSA AL will be joining FUMC Montgomery for their Gift Hope event again this year in person Dec. 4 & ONLINE Nov 21-Dec 13.

GIFT HOPE supports local ministries and nonprofits through an event where you can purchase a variety of “gifts” in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. These gifts don’t go under your tree, rather they help dozens of community organizations make a positive and tangible impact in lives across the River Region. By supporting Gift Hope, you help fund specific, needed items from one or more non-profits working in the Montgomery area to help those in need. The gift recipient will receive from the gift purchaser a special card announcing the gifts made in their honor and the names of the designated nonprofits the gifts supported.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 4th and support your community! For those unable to attend, online shopping will be available November 21 through December 13 at www.FUMCmontgomery.org/gifthope.
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