Gleaning in Mississippi & Arkansas

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In 2019, through October, our Mississippi and Arkansas region has gleaned 1,326,667 pounds of fresh produce in 206 events, with 1,304 volunteers.

Food donated by 28 farmers has been distributed to hungry people through 105 feeding agencies.

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

In 2016, Program Coordinator Andy Lemmon appeared on the Mission: Nutrition radio program. The show, hosted by Rebecca Turner on SuperTalk Mississippi, focuses on food, health, and nutrition. Andy explains the work of Society of St. Andrew. Runs 24:44.


Through the Mississippi Gleaning Network, we coordinate volunteers in many areas of the states 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.

Mississippi & Arkansas Gleaning

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.

For information about gleaning in Mississippi, please contact our Mississippi Program Coordinator.

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You did it again! Your efforts earned another award. The Society of St. Andrew received an award from GreatNonprofits, as a Top-Rated Nonprofit in 2019. This is only possible because of your passion and support for the mission to #endhunger. Your efforts share fresh, healthy food with families in need across the state AND awards like this can inspire others to join you in the mission. We can do far more together than apart. Like if you agree! #endhunger #teamwork #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #societyofstandrew
Have ya heard? The Society of St. Andrew received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its the highest rating you can receive and it wouldnt be possible without YOU! Your passionate support helps shares as much fresh, healthy food as possible in the state of Mississippi while stretching every resource available.

If youre curious, check out the site for a detailed review: http://bit.ly/2C9JlDG #charitynavigator #societyofstandrew #teamwork
Thank you so much for serving in the mission to end hunger! Every single moment this year has been powerful. Together, youve helped share more than 1 million pounds of food with families who need it most. Thank you for making a difference in your local communities. If youd like to learn more or get involved before the end of the year, be sure to go to https://endhunger.org/volunteer.
This guy seems like hes having a good time! Not only are volunteers awesome but volunteering can be good for your health! ...Volunteer work substantially reduces symptoms of depression; both helping others and receiving help is associated with lowered anxiety and depression... Check out this article from Berkeley University in California for the full story. Like if you agree and Love if you already knew it! #kindnessmatters #volunteersrock #reducewaste #endhunger #getinvolved #societyofstandrew Brandon First United Methodist
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