‘Crop drop’ planned for Saturday at Jasper’s First Baptist Church
by Jennifer Cohron
Mar 12, 2014 | 1087 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteers are needed to bag more than 40,000 pounds of apples that will be delivered to Jasper on Saturday and distributed to area food providers.

The “crop drop” is being sponsored by the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Local partners include First Baptist Church of Jasper and First United Methodist Church of Jasper.

Food Bank represenative Amanda Storey said at a local event on Monday that the Food Bank works with the Society of St. Andrew, a national faith-based nonprofit that salvages fresh produce.

“When a farmer has a plethera of produce available, they are able to donate those items. It’s beneficial to them. It doesn’t go to waste, and we are able to get it out for free to the community,” Storey said.

In 2013, Society of St. Andrew rescued 32.4 million pounds of food with help from 38,000 volunteers.

Bagging will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday in the FBC parking lot. The first five-pound bags of apples will be distributed to area agencies at 10 a.m.

To register to receive the apples, email Deb White at dwhite@feedingal.org.

To volunteer, call Mary Lynn Botts at 205-245-3214, 256-658-7555 or ALglean@endhunger.org.