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Ozarks Food Harvest Seeks Volunteers for "Glean Team"

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Ozarks Food Harvest is looking for volunteers to help gather produce as part of their “Glean Team.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Ozarks Food Harvest is looking for volunteers to help gather produce as part of their “Glean Team.”

The Ozarks Food Harvest (OFH) Glean Team is a group of volunteer who collect produce from community gardens, urban landscapes, farms and orchards that might have otherwise gone to waste.

The group will harvest Monday night, July 21, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Stanley Gardens, 5028 S. Coverdale in battlefield.

According to OFH, the collection Monday night could yield 500-1,000 pounds of green beans.

Fassnight Creek Farm allowed Ozarks Food Harvest volunteers to glean its fields twice so far this summer. On June 27, about a half dozen volunteers harvested 575 pounds of green beans and squash, and on July 17, high school leadership seniors harvested another 569 pounds of potatoes and lettuce.

Produce harvested goes to Ozarks Food Harvest, which serves its network of 200 pantries and programs across 28 counties. The Food Bank distributes 15 million pounds of food annually and more than 20 percent is fresh produce, which is double the amount of produce distributed two years ago.

Interested volunteers can apply the OFH website and designate gardening as an interest.

The current schedule is set for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6–7:30 p.m. or Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8–9:30 a.m., through Oct. 31.

To learn more about volunteering, contact Jo Thompson at (417) 865-3411.

Farmer partners wishing to donate fields and gardens for gleaning should contact Christy Claybaker at (417) 865-3411.

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