Gleaning in Mississippi & Arkansas

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In 2019, through August, our Mississippi and Arkansas region has gleaned 916,772 pounds of fresh produce in 178 events, with 900 volunteers.

Food donated by 23 farmers has been distributed to hungry people through 82 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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Thank you. Thank you! Thank YOU! With your help, +$51,500 were raised on the Special Day of Giving last week and incredibly generous partners pledged to match your donations up to $51,500. And you did it!!! 

Thats enough to share more than 3.5 million servings of food with communities across the country. Thank you for every like, share, comment, letter, and EVERY DONATION. Every single $1 was necessary to claim the matching funds and you did it! Thousands of families receive fresh fruits and vegetables because of your support. 

Be sure to signup for the Monthly News & Stats Newsletter at so you can stay up to date on the many partners and recipients who have been helped because of your generosity. #endhunger #yourock #teamwork #societyofstandrew
We absolutely love when providers offer us something unique that we can share with the many people, families, and agencies that we serve! This year, weve received several truckloads of seasonings and spices. While these arent fresh produce, they are still important because they help the families we serve transform fresh food into unforgettable meals! Thank you for helping us give away so many items just like these this Summer. We couldnt do it without you. #spiceoflife #transformyourmeals #reducewaste #endhunger #societyofstandrew

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Such an important part of making a meal!

Thank you 🙏🏾 Samuel Chapel UMC, Itta Bena, MS

Are you ready to make a difference and help end hunger in your local community? Host a Simple Supper. You can get together with your church and host it there or you could even host one in your home. Click here to read more about Simple Suppers at #endhunger #reducewaste #getinvolved #societyofstandrew #simplesupper
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