The practice is as old as the Bible, but it's making a difference today in the battle against hunger.
GUILFORD, Missouri - The practice is as old as the Bible, but it's making a
difference today in the battle against hunger.
Volunteers spread out in local fields to glean crops left behind
after a harvest.
A group put together by the
Society of Saint Andrew
spent last weekend in an orchard in Nodaway County,
"We collected about 2,800.....2,600 pounds of these
pears,''' said Bernie Schneider, coordinator of the society's
Schneider says his goal is to increase the number of people
walking the fields and collecting the crops left behind.
With fresh food, time is his enemy.
"The more people I can get out here, the more pears we'll get,''
The practice of gleaning is mentioned in the Old Testament when
leftover crops were given to the poor.
Today, it's food banks and other groups who help the hungry who
benefit from the volunteers efforts.
For information on how to help, call the Society of Saint
Andrews at (816) 921-0856 or check them out online at