Andy Lemmon Gets to Work

Andy Lemmon

Andy Lemmon, new Program Coordinator for SoSA in Mississippi and Arkansas.

In April, three new and energetic program coordinators began their work with SoSA, coordinating volunteers to gather food for the hungry. Jewel Scruggs started work in Alabama, Kelsey King in Tennessee, and Andy Lemmon in Mississippi. Here, Andy reflects on the experience of discovering so many volunteers doing so much to help others:

Our farmers for this turnip-gleaning event work full-time jobs during the week and fill their “free time” with growing crops and maintaining their small farm. They have graciously donated the roots from their turnip crop for our gleaning event. After several rain-outs, our day finally came. The weather was sunny and dry all week.

Lindsey Lemmon

Volunteer Lindsey Lemmon holds up fresh turnips, the crop being picked and delivered on Andy’s first day of gleaning.

That Saturday morning began with sunshine and a comfortable 72 degrees. It was eye-opening for us all that so much food go to waste on even a small farm like this one. One volunteer said he was happy that this food gives us an opportunity to reach out and care for our neighbors. We started gleaning “assembly line style” with each person handling a different phase of the process: gathering, transporting, sorting, bagging. We then transitioned to “group work” where we all worked on the same phase of the process at the same time to increase our yield. By the end of the morning, our volunteer team had settled into a rhythm. We had a blast and rescued fresh food that would otherwise have been wasted.

We distributed close to 450 pounds of turnip roots to hunger relief organizations throughout the Greater Jackson Area. Since each pound of food yields about three servings, our farmers and volunteers gleaned a little more than 1300 servings of food in just four hours.

The produce, the farmers, and our volunteers are blessings. We are confident that the hunger relief agencies that picked up the food will use it to help those in need – both physically and emotionally.

We are called to live out our faith and truly love our neighbors as we love ourselves. I saw this in the volunteers’ attitudes and words – they acted as if this opportunity to volunteer had truly been a gift for them. If you would like to volunteer, or would like us to come speak at your congregation or organization in Mississippi, email me  or call me at 769-233-0887.

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VOLUNTEER WAIVER

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.

Photos, videos, and other images in which I, or a registered family member, appear that are taken during gleanings may be used by the Society of St. Andrew for news coverage, newsletters, reports, displays, and for other print, broadcast, web, or electronic news or promotional purposes.

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.

For a PDF print version of this waiver, click here.

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.