Gleaners

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Gleaners Inc.
Formation1986
TypeIndividual and Family Social Services
Legal statusNon-profit organization
Purpose/focusHumanitarian Aid
Location

237 Briarwood Dr Jackson, MS 39206

(601) 956-4740
Chief Executive OfficerClaude Mapp
Main organBoard of Directors
Budget$50,000 - $60,000
StaffNo salaried employees; volunteers only
 
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Gleaners Inc.
Formation1986
TypeIndividual and Family Social Services
Legal statusNon-profit organization
Purpose/focusHumanitarian Aid
Location

237 Briarwood Dr Jackson, MS 39206

(601) 956-4740
Chief Executive OfficerClaude Mapp
Main organBoard of Directors
Budget$50,000 - $60,000
StaffNo salaried employees; volunteers only

Gleaners, also known as The Volunteers Of Gleaners, is a non-profit organization founded by Gloria Martinson in 1986 that helps feed the homeless in Jackson, Mississippi (not to be confused with the Gleaners food bank in Indiana[1] or Gleaners in Michigan, one of the oldest and largest foodbanks in the US [2] ). Gleaning is the collection of leftover crops after fields have been harvested.

Alton B. Cobb is current CEO and Nancy Willis is the Director of Operations.[3]

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to noon; Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 10 am Gleaners is closed at all other times.

To volunteer as a truck driver or to help repackage and distribute food, please call Nancy Willis during the regular hours of operation.

Mission[edit]

The Volunteers of Gleaners in Jackson, Mississippi collects food that otherwise would go to waste and gives it to charitable agencies.[4][5][6] Donated food comes from wholesale food distributors, retail establishments such as supermarkets, restaurants, and bakeries, as well as hospitals and churches.[5][6] The food is then distributed to charities caring for indigent elderly, to day care centers, halfway houses, and shelters, at no cost to them.[3]

Operations[edit]

Gleaners is an all-volunteer, nonprofit agency overseen by a board of directors. They have a fleet of seven trucks for collecting food from donors, and operate from a building equipped with walk-in refrigerators and freezers, tables for re-packaging of donated food, and sinks for cleaning of equipment. With total expenses less than $40,000 per year, they receive no government funding, and all operating expenses for vehicles, food packaging, utilities, fuel and insurance come from private individuals, foundations, churches, and non-governmental grants.[6] Some 60 volunteers serve Gleaners each year, driving the trucks and preparing food for distribution.[3]

The Need[edit]

Food distribution is based on numbers and characteristics of persons served in each shelter. Over 50 agencies share food donations based on need, so that Gleaners can provide food to charitable agencies that care for the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill and the chemically addicted. Most involved charities pick up food donations once or twice a week, while some get a daily food distribution.[3]

History[edit]

Gleaners has been in operation since 1986, Gloria Martinson started the organization from her kitchen. The amount of food collected and distributed has increased through 2011, with food intake and outgo exceeding one million pounds. The cost per pound of food collected and distributed has remained at about four cents per pound, compared to a market value of $1.50 per pound or more than $1.5 million for all food distributed. Gleaners had about sixty volunteers.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gleaners Indianna Food bank Retrieved 2012-07-18
  2. ^ History of Gleaners Michigan foodbank Retrieved 2012-07-18
  3. ^ a b c d Ballou, Howard (February 4, 2007). "The Gleaners Making A Difference". wlbt.com (WLBT). Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  4. ^ "FREE FOOD RAISES LAWSUIT QUESTION". nl.newsbank.com (Sun Herald). February 1, 1999. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Lean times for nonprofits haven't shaken commitments.". Mississippi Business Journal (paragraph 16: Venture Publications). March 29, 2004. Retrieved MBJ. 
  6. ^ a b c d Taylor, Fabvienen (July 25, 2008). "The Gleaners keeps food moving". mississippicatholic.com. Retrieved 2009-04-21.