DEPARTMENT OF AG DONATES COLLARDS TO FEED HUNGRY
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 25, 2013 — The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will donate close to 300 bunches of fresh picked collards, weighing almost 800 pounds, to the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) at 1 p.m. today. The donation from the Department's community garden will be at the Montgomery State Farmers Market at 1655 Federal Drive, with representatives from ADAI and SoSA attending.
SoSA is a national nonprofit hunger-relief organization that rescues 30-35 million pounds of fresh, nutritious, excess produce each year that would otherwise go to waste for various marketing reasons. The food is then distributed to critical feeding agencies across the country at no cost to the agencies or the hungry people they serve. In Alabama, SoSA distributed 649,828 pounds of fresh food to people in need this year through 131 food banks, pantries, kitchens and other providers of food to the needy. With the help of 3,277 volunteers, SoSA also gleaned 402,373 pounds of Alabama sweet potatoes to distribute through food banks and pantries.
Critical feeding agencies that will receive fresh collards through their partnership with SoSA include the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Faith Crusades Mission, Friendship Mission and Mary Ellen’s Hearth Shelter.
SoSA provides food for a little more than two cents a serving. More than 95 percent of all funds raised are spent on the direct delivery of food and services to the hungry. More than 700 million pounds of food have been saved and distributed since SoSA began in 1979.