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Volunteers Hunt Produce to Feed Hungry
|Mon Oct 25, 7:29 AM ET|
By BOBBY ROSS JR., Associated Press Writer
GOLDEN, Texas - Volunteers fanned across Texas farm fields to pick up sweet potatoes missed by mechanical harvesters, joining a national network to feed the poor with produce that might otherwise go to waste, from California oranges to Indiana beans and Florida squash. In this rural community about 75 miles east of Dallas, the weekend effort is called the Texas Yam Jam.
"It's rewarding, it's a good gig, just to come out here and glean for the people who might not be able to eat if we hadn't actually done this," said Jay Wilbur, 43, from Panola, near the Louisiana state line.
The work is overseen by the Big Island, Va.-based Society of St. Andrew, an ecumenical organization with strong United Methodist ties. The ministry, in its 25th year, is named after the disciple who figured in the New Testament story of how Jesus Christ fed 5,000 with a few loaves and fishes.
The society estimates that over the past quarter-century, 250,000 volunteers have gleaned 461.5 million pounds of food that would have been dumped, plowed under or left to rot ? but instead became 1.4 billion servings of food donated to the hungry.
"In the Old Testament, it talks about leaving the corners of your field for the ailing and the poor. We've just kind of taken that ancient biblical practice and modernized it," said Carol Breitinger, the society's spokeswoman. This month, for example, Boy Scouts and other volunteers collected green beans from a northern Indiana field that a cannery had rejected because of frost. In Lake Park, Fla., along the Florida-Georgia line, a church group picked up bushels of leftover cucumbers and squash.
"Our food banks are screaming for fresh produce and this is actually about the least expensive way we can get fresh produce," said Randy Groce, 54, president of the Texas advisory board for the Society of St. Andrew. Groce brought 900 orange mesh bags ? each able to fit 50 pounds of sweet potatoes. Volunteers stuffed them with tens of thousands of roots as small as a thumb and as large as a submarine sandwich.
What a complete waste of time eh?? Think of all the wasted hours these "Christians" have spent gathering fresh food to help feed the poor when they could be out in Service trying to start home bible studies and selling subscriptions to the Botchtower and Asleep magazines!! Surely Jehovah will punish these evil, rotten people supporting Babylon the Great for doing such a foolish thing........I mean, they can't even count it as time on a Service Report so why bother??!!