Long & Scott Farms Help Feed the Hungry in Florida

It wouldn’t be possible to feed the hungry with fresh fruits and vegetables without farmers like Hank Scott. Long & Scott Farms, of Mt. Dora, Florida, have been working with Society of St. Andrew since 1999.

Hank Scott and Frank Scott

Hank Scott with his father, Frank Scott, who started the farm more than 50 years ago.

One day, 16 years ago, Hank Scott and his family invited SoSA to send volunteers out and pick some surplus corn. Their Zellwood Sweet Corn is beautiful food, and SoSA was glad to pick it and distribute the bounty to Florida food pantries.

Since that day, more than 950 gleaning events have been held at Long & Scott Farms. More than 25,000 SoSA volunteers have picked 17 million pounds of corn, strawberries, cabbage, turnips, onions, cucumbers, watermelons, and other produce at Scott’s farms. These events have provided more than 50 million servings of food for the homeless and hungry in Florida.

Scott says he visited the Second Harvest Food Bank one day with Barbara Sayles, our Regional Director in Florida. He was impressed with the way his crops are distributed by SoSA, through the food bank system.

Scott says supermarkets want food to look perfect, but he knows perfect food comes in lots of shapes and sizes, and Mother Nature doesn’t make them all look the same. Scott doesn’t want that wonderful food thrown away, and that’s why he continues, all season long, to invite SoSA volunteers to glean his fields.

Hank Scott is a great partner in the system that makes SoSA such a success. Generous farmers, faithful volunteers, and an efficient system of food banks and food pantries are the way we feed millions of hungry people every year.


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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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