By Laura Sappington, Society of St. Andrew Development Coordinator
It is with great pleasure and excitement that the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) announces a milestone in its fight against hunger. The highest monthly volume of food
Thanks to gleaners, SoSA has a record month.
recovery was experienced in July with 1.4 million pounds gleaned and distributed. This makes a total of 2.064 million pounds given to the hungry and needy in 2013. This amazing feat was possible with the help of farmers, volunteers and gracious donors.
One of the most recent gleanings took place in the small community of Thaxton. Thaxton UMC member, Jason Long, heard about the work of SoSA and planted two acres of sweet corn for harvesting. On a beautiful Wednesday evening, 26 members of the Thaxton UMC congregation harvested 7,000 pounds of corn and donated it to The Salvation Army and the St. Luke UMC Food Pantry, both located in Tupelo.
The mission of SoSA is to provide quality, nutritious produce to the hungry and those in need. This is accomplished through keeping costs as low as possible (three cents per pound). With the rising costs of transportation and distribution, it is more important than ever to have support. Volunteers are needed to give time to glean and distribute. Tax deductible donations are needed to continue moving nutritious produce with escalating costs of transportation and prayers are wanted for those in need and the growth of this ministry.
A farmer ready for harvesting and gleaning will open his field of 28 acres of squash. Help Society of St. Andrew pick the farm fresh squash and feed the hungry in Mississippi the fresh vegetables they deserve! There will be a truck from the Memphis Food Bank accepting food for distribution around North Mississippi. Volunteers can also take the squash back to their communities for feeding the hungry.
For this event, participants are urged to wear light weight clothing, a long-sleeve shirt, pants and closed-toed shoes. Water will be available but feel free to bring some too!
This event is ideal for church youth groups, scouting groups, adult groups or organizations. Come out and help glean! For more information, contact Jackie Usey at 769-233-0887 or Laura Sappington at 601-850-4018.