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Gleaning crews put sustainability into action, feeding those in need

November 4th, 2009

By Harriet Blake

Fact: America has an abundance of food.
Question: So why does anyone go hungry in this country?

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A potato gleaning in Virginia (Photo: Society of St. Andrew)

Armed with this simple thought, the Society of St. Andrew (SOSA) took up the cause of feeding the hungry in 1979 with the idea of gleaning fields for salvageable produce.

“We do this in two says,” says Carol Breitinger, communications director. “We use volunteers in the field for hands-on gleaning, or we send out trucks to pick up surplus crops that farmers can’t use and would just end up in the landfill.”

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