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

Its happening tomorrow! Our Annual Community Day Crop Drop at Jackson State University. We are handing a bag of free sweet potatoes for each family that attends our event. We will have container garden instructional sessions, recipe cards, a cooking demonstration, and a mobile clinic sponsored by UMMC. Come out and join your community for a morning of fun and free food. There will also be healthy activities for the kiddos. #endhunger #cropdrop #jsu #jxn #societyofstandrew #partnership
Who are we? We are busy. June is the official kickoff of the gleaning season and one of our busiest times of year. We not only are gleaning like crazy but we are also attending conferences, recruiting volunteers, writing grants, and seeking support. If you would like to help fund our mission, consider making a donation. $15 is enough to feed a Family of 4 for an entire month. Make that a monthly donation and you’ll feed that family every month. #endhunger #feedtheneed #commitment #societyofstandrew #bethechangeyouwanttosee #arumc2018
What do we believe? We believe that variety in the diet helps lead to improved health and a greater sense of well-being. When we add a variety of fresh produce to the diets of individuals in need, we not only fill their bellies but we provide nutrition that might not otherwise receive. This helps prevent diseases and other health issues that might arise from a lack of nutrition. #endhunger #variety #whoarewe #whoweare #societyofstandrew #bokchoy
Who are we? We are berry busy. We are receiving calls daily from farmers willing to share their food and let us glean. We had the opportunity to glean strawberries after a farmer was finishing up his season. #endhunger #gleaning #strawberries #societyofstandrew
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