|Sarasota – January 18, 2014 – The Siesta Key Kiwanis Club has again teamed up with Pine View School students to pick backyard fruit for All Faiths Food Bank. Now in its 10th year, the program is a benefit to the community in many ways: with the excess fruit picked, residents will keep a nicer lawn, students and able-bodied volunteers get to have fun in the sun while helping a good cause; everyone involved is helping to cut down on food waste; and most importantly, the families that count on All Faiths Food Bank will enjoy fresh fruit.
“Gleaning” (verb) – to gather produce left after the harvest that otherwise would go to waste to benefit those in need.
Residents with citrus trees, or able-bodied volunteer pickers are asked to contact the gleaning message center by phone or email. Messages will be returned in less than 24 hours, and an all-volunteer gleaning crew will be scheduled to pick the excess fruit on Saturdays through April. To contact the message center, call 941-254-1944. Messages will also be returned via email at glean4AFFB@gmail.com. For more information about the Gleaning Project, visit www.glean4affb.com.
1. Pine View students Sara Steinbaum and Samantha Glover have fun gleaning for the Food Bank.
2. Pine View Student Sara Steinbaum gets the high fruit!
3. Samanta Glover, Sara Steinbaum and Kat Kofler show off their hard work!