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10,000 lbs of 'Apple Drop'

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 9:03 AM

To the hungry, to someone who doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from, apples look like healthy, nutritious food. These apples are the surplus apples found in orchards and are not sold, but donated to this program. A program called Apple Drop was coordinated by the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA), a faith-based national organization whose mission is to recover extra food at the farm level and distribute it to agencies that are feeding people. SoSA partners with farmers who identy produce which would be going unused and then uses teams of volunteers to collect, organize and distribute the produce to people in need. Named for the disciple Andrew, who brought the little boy to Jesus to feed the 5,000, the organization is inspired by Jesus' words in John 6:12 after the 5,000 had eaten their fill: "When they had all had enough to eat, He said to His disciples, 'Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.'"

On Saturday, March 7, you can find out what 10,000 lbs of 'left over" apples of look like. Volunteers are needed tp meet in the parking lot of the Haleyville First Baptist Church to bag apples to feed the hungry. It is easy to participate, just bring your hands and a heart to help the hungry in this area. Bagging starts at 10 a.m. and will work until the last apple is bagged. This is a family friendly event where all ages can participate and are welcome. 

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