Gleaning in Mississippi & Arkansas

The Society of St. Andrew has delivered more than 21 million pounds of salvaged potatoes and other food to the needy in Mississippi and Arkansas through our Potato and Produce Project. This has resulted in almost 62 million servings of food going to hungry families in Mississippi and Arkansas.

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

We love ALL donations from our farmers and partner organizations that send us food. Sometimes we have to go through the donations to remove 1-2 small things that are not good to eat so they dont ruin the whole box. Ever heard the expression, 1 bad apple ruins the bunch ? Well, its true. So our volunteers diligently inspect all of the food we receive to make sure that 1 bad apple or cucumbers in this case, doesnt spoil a whole box of delicious and nutritious food for our friends in need. #endhunger #zerowaste #diligence #changetheworld #bethechange #makingadifference #gleaning #societyofstandrew
We are constantly learning and growing and changing. Recently, one of our Fresh Food Drives shared that they felt they needed a banner for their table. They wanted to make it easier for folks to spot the donation table from across the market. It looks like that banner helped bring in the food!! FYI, those are 19 gallon ikea bags full of squash and zucchini. Its a blessing to be blessed with so much food. #endhunger #zerowaste #untileveryoneeats #uptoournecksinsquash #societyofstandrew #freshfooddrive
When theres 600,000 people in need in your state, you get to work. Even when its hot or youre tired, you know that what youre doing is making a difference. You know that every 1lb. of food you glean will provide 3 servings of food for a neighbor in need. Just another shout out to our incredible volunteers who serve even when its hot outside to help feed their communities. #endhunger #zerowaste #changetheworld #bethechange #freshfooddrive #societyofstandrew #joinus
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