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Society of St. Andrew
December 8, 2009

This summer, the Society of St. Andrew in Charlotte, NC helped me coordinate field trips for 60 inner-city children and youth. We traveled to farms in neighborhing counties, where the gleaning volunteers taught our young people about where food comes from, how to pick it, when to eat it, why it costs money in the store, why it matters how food is grown and transported, and what kinds of careers are available in food production. As a result of our gleaning experience, we sent every child home with 10 ears of corn and 10 tomatoes. We had enough left to send boxes and boxes back to their neighborhoods and schools, and even gave away some of the extra produce on the street as people walked by. It was an amazing experience: Most of our children know what it is like to skip meals because there is not enough food. It brought everyone great joy to see these children experience abundance and learn how to find alternative sources for food.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate about local food and helping connect those resources with the people who need them most. They were knowledgeable and excited to teach all who would come and listen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I helped coordinate field experiences for children and youth.