Gleaning in Georgia

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In 2022, through June:
142,614 pounds of food gleaned and distributed
570,456 servings of fresh food shared
72 events held to rescue and share food
574 volunteers engaged in hands-on service
29 recipient agencies and partners

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Our regional gleaning office is located in Macon. SoSA’s regional gleaning network has been successful over the years thanks to many generous donors, partners, foundations, churches, and individuals who gave with abundance when called upon to serve their neighbors. Families in need, across the state, benefit from this bountiful gleaning ministry in this agriculturally rich state.

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

Through the Georgia Gleaning Network, we coordinate volunteers in many areas of the state who 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.

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Please contact us to indicate your interest in gleaning. When we have opportunities within 30-45 minutes of your location, we will email you with details and invite you to join us in the fields.

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.

Aside from our office in Macon, we have two volunteer gleaning coordinators in Georgia who also serve as Hunger Relief Advocates. HRAs are called to serve within their states as advocates, educators, and enablers of action to relieve hunger in America. Their three-fold goal is:

♦  Bring people into hands-on ministry with the hungry and the poor

♦  Advocate to churches on behalf of the nation’s hungry and the poor

♦  Raise funding resources to sustain the HRA program

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