Gleaning in Mississippi & Arkansas

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In 2019, through January, our Mississippi and Arkansas region has gleaned 79,352 pounds of fresh produce in 14 events, with 15 volunteers.

Food donated by 4 farmers has been distributed to hungry people through 4 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.

Recent Mississippi & Arkansas Facebook Posts

Dont forget when youre doing your last minute shopping to shop with Amazon Smile! They will automatically donate a portion of your order to SoSA if you select us and shop at Amazon Smile. #endhunger #feedthehungry #doitwhileshopping
#wrappingup2018 has got me cracking up. For real. Some might say we are peculiar. Some might even say we take a personal interest in our work. After a long day, at multiple gleaning events, you just see a Particular Pickle when youre picking cucumbers. This Particularly Pretty Pickle Pricks your interest and you can’t help but ponder how it might taste and perform with a little pickling spice and garlic. And then somehow that particular pretty pickle ends up in your cup holder, destined for your kitchen to be turned into some delicious Garlic Sliced Pickles. #trophypickle #thuglifealliterations #endhunger #gleaning #societyofstandrew
We are constantly trying new things. One of our fabulous and dedicated supporters, Deborah Hunter, has put Society of St. Andrew on the back cover of her book. She is donating a portion of her hard work to go back to supporting the Gleaning Network and our efforts to end hunger in Mississippi. So occasionally, we get to be indoors and enjoy some delicious snacks rather than out sweating in a field. #hallelujah #spoiledalready #endhunger #whoarewe #whoweare #societyofstandrew

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Thank you Deborah Hunter.

We are joyful. We are excited to do what we do. Even if it’s Friday afternoon around 5:30pm, we are still thrilled to be out serving our state. We know that every minute spent, every drop of gas used, and every pound of food given away matters. It makes a huge difference to the moms and dads who get fresh fruits and vegetables for their children and parents and families. #itmatters #endhunger #gleaning #whoarewe #whoweare #societyofstandrew
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