You Make a Difference

There are so many people in need of loving care.  It is overwhelming to think about all the need in our community.

It is easy to say, I can’t make a difference – my contribution is just a drop in a bucket.  The problem is so great, I can’t fix it.

Hunger

1 in 6 people in our community does not know from where their next meal will come.

This is called Food Insecurity.

In Fayette County that number is over 48,000 people.  Almost 11,000 of these are children.

The need is great….the need is overwhelming.

What if you said, I can’t do it alone, but I can helpThat’s what three people did when they thought gleaning might help ease hunger.  How may drops fill a bucket?  If you’ve ever put a container under a small drip, you might have been surprised when you soon returned to find the bucket overflowing!

That is our story.

Gleaning means to collect the remains of the crops, the excess food. 

We started with what seemed like a simple task –

find a source of excess food – we first targeted our local growers at the farmers market;

find a partner to get it to people in need – we first worked with agencies and hunger programs working with people in need of food;

find volunteers – our friends and families joined us to pick up the donated produce and take it to a distribution point.

Now, over 375,000 pounds of gleaned fresh produce has been distributed by more than 300 volunteers to over 50 partners distributing the food as hot meals or take home bags of nutritious fruits and vegetables. Simple, in a way, but requiring much coordination and many partnerships.

This food would have been waste if not for gleaning. 

Our partners include emergency food agencies, hunger ministries, government agencies and neighborhood ambassadors.  We serve programs like God’s Pantry, Catholic Action Center, Moveable Feast, Hope centers, Lexington Rescue Mission, Nathaniel Mission; many church hunger programs, like Maxwell Street Presbyterian, Calvary Church of the Nazarene;  and many more.  Feedback from partnering programs say things like:

“We did not have fresh produce in our pantry before partnering with GleanKY”

“We feed more people because of the produce from GleanKY”

“For low-income families, fresh produce is not an option”

“Our meals are more nutritious”

We also help create new programs.  Our newest opened this year in January at Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Cardinal Valley. Meeting with people from the Elementary School and the Church, our gleaned produce is now distributed to over 45 families identified by the school in an area once under-served.

One Volunteer Makes a Difference.  The success of our organization rests in the hands, feet, and hearts of our volunteers.

One Donor Makes a Difference.  Financial donations allowed us to hire a part-time director in March 2013.  Last year, our gleaned pounds increased 77% and our distribution partners increased 74%.

Supporters who spread the word about gleaning and hunger create more volunteers and more donors.

Gleaning makes a difference.

Saying, Yes, I can help, makes a difference.

You make a difference.

Thank you for supporting Faith Feeds|GleanKY

End Waste|End Hunger

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How to Become a Gleaner

Vol Info Chat 2014

Please register here – tell us what day you’d like to attend 

For for more information, contact us at: faithfeedslex@gmail.com or call 859-444-4769

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You are invited to the 6th annual

Heirloom Seed Sale 2014

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

9 am – 2 pm

Woodland Christian Church

530 E. High Street, Lexington, KY

With exhibitors:

Leslie Wells, Master Gardener, Extension Service

Kate Horning, Health Coach, Chef and Author of Healthy Living Redefined

Seedleaf

CLUCK

See You after

The Heirloom Seed Sale is one of our annual fundraisers.  We value home gardening and the practice of sustaining heirloom varieties.

Find Heirloom Seed Catalog HERE. 

We partner with individuals and community gardeners who join us in the fight to end hunger by Planting a Row for the Hungry – growing extra produce for donation to people in need.  Let us know if you are interested in this program and you can receive a free packet of seeds to grow for the hungry (as quantities allow).

Thank you to our supporters:

lexmark-logo               Woodland Christian LogoFaytette Seed                   Baumann Paper           

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Gleaning has earned a place in Kentucky!

2013 was a stellar year for gleaning!  Ending the year with over 143,000 pounds of fresh, edible fruits and vegetables saved from becoming waste and redirected to thousands of people in need through our growing partnerships hunger programs, government agencies, faith communities and neighborhood ambassadors!

Stats at a Glance – change from 2012 stats

Girl Scouts harvesting for the hungry from their gleaning garden at Hill-n-Dale Church.

Girl Scouts harvesting for the hungry from their gleaning garden at Hill-n-Dale Church.

143,621 pounds – 77% increase

606 gleaning trips – 92% increase

Average pounds per trip – 278 lb

Range of pounds per trip – 5 lb to 3,524 lb

Delivering apples gleaned at Reed Valley Orchard to God's Pantry Food Bank for distribution.

Delivering apples gleaned at Reed Valley Orchard to God’s Pantry Food Bank for distribution.

303 days of the year – 26% increase

118 days with 1 gleaning trip – 63% decrease

100 days with 2 gleaning trip – 112% increase

70 days with 3 gleaning trip – 600% increase

9 days with 4 gleaning trip – 900% increase

5 days with 5 gleaning trip – first time

1 days with 6 gleaning trip – first time

Volunteers picking up excess produce at Costco, our newest gleaning partner.

Volunteers picking up excess produce at Costco, our newest gleaning partner.

19 gleaning partners [sources of gleaned produce] – 26% increase

51 distribution partners – 61% increase

Over 300 volunteers – 100% increase

1,894 volunteer hours – 28% increase

Exceeding our Goal in the GoodGiving Guide Challenge

The Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing celebrates great successes in the 2013 GoodGiving Guide Challenge!  4074 donors giving over $1.6 million to local nonprofits!

The Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing celebrates great successes in the 2013 GoodGiving Guide Challenge! 4074 donors giving over $1.6 million to local nonprofits!

In the 2012 GoodGiving Guide Challenge, our first year of formal fundraising, we were amazed at reaching our goal of $10,000.  Boldly doubling our goal in 2013 resulted in tremendous validation as we soared past to over $23,000!

Along with reaching our goal, your support allowed us to “win” a $15,000 endowment at the Blue Grass Community Foundation – forming the building blocks of sustainability.

Gleaning has earned a place in KY!

Our 2012 fundraising allowed us to grow tremendously this past year and, with your continued support, we are excited to see what happens this year.

Our successes could not be reached without our volunteers and supporters, like these donors in the GoodGiving Guide Challenge!

Thank you for your investment in gleaning to reduce waste and ease hunger with nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables!

We are grateful to 148 donors who gave during the GoodGiving Guide Challenge.

We are grateful to 148 donors who gave during the GoodGiving Guide Challenge.

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