Statewide Day of Gleaning Helps Local Families in Need

August 21, 2014

The 3rd Annual Governor's Day of Gleaning shined a light on how unused crops can help feed families in need.

"Gleaning is a practice going back to Old Testament times where after farmers harvested what they wanted, they left the remains in the field and low income would go through the fields and gather what they could," said Reverend Jim Hassmer, a Society of St. Andrews volunteer.

Gleaning Day was put on by the Society of St. Andrew.

It promotes a statewide initiative that takes excess produce from small farms and delivers them to food pantries and low income families.

"The big goal of the program is to salvage good food that would be dumped otherwise and pass it on to folks that wouldn't have that food otherwise," said Rev. Hassmer.

A handful of volunteers spent the day at Crown Orchard packing plant hauling peaches into a truck that will then be handed off to those in need.

Gleaning does not just take place once a year, volunteers and participating farms do it all the time, but organizers hope to use the platform to encourage more gleaning locally and around the state.

Organizers hope to pack and haul at 2-3 tons of peaches Thursday.

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