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The Society of St. Andrew seeks to reduce pre-consumer food waste in the United States (and its concomitant negative environmental impacts) by recovering produce that is not commercially marketable and using that produce to improve the quality of nutrition available to persons across the United States who are at risk for hunger.
The Society of St. Andrew provides fresh, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, in meaningful quantities, on an on-going basis, at no charge, to local agencies throughout the country that provide food, meals, and services to persons in need.
Within the State of Tennessee, the Society of St. Andrew's Gleaning Network seeks to mobilize thousands of volunteers each year to glean (pick) at least 2.5 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables left behind in fields and orchards after commercial harvest, distributing the gleaned produce to hundreds of partner agencies throughout the state (large food banks, local food pantries, feeding programs, soup kitchens, Title I schools, shelters, emergency food programs, etc.) for their use in feeding the 840,000 Tennesseans, including 19.5% of the state's children, considered at risk for hunger.