Gleaning in Mississippi & Arkansas

This year, through October, our Mississippi and Arkansas region has gleaned 2,751,580 pounds of fresh produce in 461 events, with 2,515 volunteers.

Food donated by 74 farmers has been distributed to hungry people through 240 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

Todays the last day for the 5% match from Amazon Smile! If youre doing any shopping on Amazon, go to Amazon Smile and register The Society of St. Andrew, Inc. as your charity of choice and 5% of your order on Amazon will be donated to help #endhunger. You can make a difference while doing your Christmas Shopping. #convenient #changealife #bethechange #makeadifference #societyofstandrew
Every little bit matters. You can help us feed families in need. Tomorrow is the last day to get Amazon Smile to donate 5% of your online purchase to Society of St. Andrew. Jump on now to help feed a friend in need this holiday season! #endhunger
You never know what life is going to throw your way. We are currently looking for people interested in joining our team in Mississippi. Our current coordinator is going to be shifting their focus and we are seeking qualified and passionate people to be our new Mississippi Gleaning Program Coordinator starting January 1st, 2019. If youre interested in learning more about this position, go to https://buff.ly/2QalGZl for the position description. If you know someone who might be a good fit, feel free to tag them or share this post. #endhunger #jointheteam #societyofstandrew #weneedyou

 

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I would love to but I am still finishing up grad school and already have a job through the school!

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