Society of St. Andrew Expands Gleaning in Indiana

Does your farm often have excess produce in your growing period? We would love to connect our volunteers to come and glean that produce and put it on a plate of someone who needs this fresh food!

Gleaning America’s Fields – Feeding America’s Hungry.

We do it simply, effectively, and efficiently. Since 1983, Society of St. Andrew has saved fresh, nutritious produce from America’s farms – produce that otherwise go to waste – and delivered it to hunger-relief agencies.

In January 2018, Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) opened a new office in Indiana. The office is based in Indianapolis but the work is throughout the state. SoSA has gleaned here in the past, but will now make a significantly larger impact across the Hoosier State.

In the first year, we expect to glean about one million pounds of produce from Indiana farm fields. All of this gleaned food will be distributed by local hunger relief agencies to feed the state’s most vulnerable residents. More than 900,000 Indiana resident sometimes don’t know where their next meal will come from, and one-third of those residents are children. Through gleaning, Indiana farmers and volunteers will provide fresh, nutritious food to those who need it most. This will ultimately provide not only wholesome food but increased health benefits around diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Gleaning also has a positive environmental impact. It prevents edible fruits and vegetables from being dumped in landfills and rotting in fields and will therefore also prevent the waste of other resources such as soil, fertilizer, and water used to grow the food as well as reduce the greenhouse gas emission in its decomposition.

For more information please see the website at www.endhunger.org or contact Ann Radtke at in-glean@endhunger.org or at (317) 607-0004. We look forward to conversations and partnerships with farmers, volunteers and hunger relief agencies!

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