Volunteers Glean Farmer's Fields To Feed Poor
Posted September 4, 2001 4:38 a.m. EDT
FRANKLIN COUNTY, N.C. — Each year, billions of pounds of food go to waste in North Carolina simply because it is not the right size or shape or because of over-production. One group is working to get this food to the people who need it.
The Society of St. Andrews
is a group with a mission to glean farmers' fields of useable food to feed the poor.
"St. Andrew in the feeding of the 5,000 in the Gospel story brought the little boy to Jesus who had the fishes and it's from that miracle that we get our name," says Julia Webb-Bowden, executive director of the North Carolina Society of St. Andrew.
Volunteers like Anthony Mancuso are stepping in to glean or save the melons and to help those in need.
"It brings home how fortunate you are and it also makes you feel good that you were able to help somebody else," he says.
For Leo Stallings, gleaning is just returning a blessing.
"I think it's part of being here on this earth to help someone and this is just one way I can help," he says.
The concept of gleaning can be found in almost every faith. It has been estimated that nearly 19 billion pounds of produce goes to waste each year in America.