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The group works with an agency whose mission is to alleviate hunger locally.
Present information on the Society of St. Andrew. If you have Internet capability, have the youth peruse the Society of St. Andrew website. If you have the option to work with different groups, present information about all the options and let the group decide which organization best suits their needs.
Explain that "gleaning" is a process where fields that have been harvested are picked over for any small remains. Gleaning appears in the Hebrew scriptures, where farmers are commanded to leave the corners of their land unharvested so the hungry can come and glean food they need. Modern day gleaning includes working with farmers who have leftover produce they cannot sell and bringing that produce to people who are hungry, sometimes through food recovery agencies that package food to distribute, other times through soup kitchens.
Once you choose an organization, arrange a date to glean. Arrange for a representative of the organization to talk to the youth beforehand about local hunger issues. Make sure you have information on how the food gleaned will be used. If possible, involve the youth in delivering the gleaned food.
Inform the organization you will work with about accessibility needs of your group.
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Last updated on Thursday, March 15, 2012.
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