In an effort to not let perfectly good produce go to waste, the Society of St. Andrew -- an ecumenical nonprofit -- opened a western headquarters in Kansas City in 2008 to glean fruits and vegetables from local farms and provide them to area food pantries.
Over the past four years, the society and its volunteers have provided about 15 million pounds of fresh produce to agencies in Kansas, Missouri and other western states.
At St. James Place, which distributes food to the hungry in Kansas City from its home at 39th Street and Troost Avenue, the donation is welcome.
“You hate to overuse the term ‘lifesaving’ but in a way it is,” said director Doug Langner of the influx of fresh produce, which is used in the kitchen and handed out in the pantry. “At least in the quality of life for folks here.”
In case you missed it,here’s our story on the process of gleaning, and how it’s yet another way to get food from farm to table.