Gleaning For The World responds to major disasters all over the world. Disasters require immediate response. Often times, communities are unprepared to respond to these tragic events. That is where we come in. Gleaning For The World provides coordination and relief to organizations in disaster zones through our Gleaning Church Network. We work with churches, non-profits, faith-based organizations, NGO’s and individuals across the United States. Where help is needed, we respond.
It means everything. It’s touching. Excuse me, I get kind of choked up. It just means everything. You don’t have time to stop and go get a hamburger, you just have to keep going. So it means a lot to us. They’re [Gleaning donors] outstanding. It is just amazing how much can be accomplished when we all get together and we do appreciate it.
In 2014, we provided 228,500 meals of fresh fruit and vegetables to our local community, as well as, to urban centers, such as Washington DC. Fresh fruit and vegetables, like sweet potatoes, cabbage and bananas, were sorted into ten pound bags and placed on the shelves at food banks.
We provided 149,500 MREs (meals-ready-to-eat). These are self contained, full meals that are hot and immediately consumable. They provide more than half of the needed calories for one day. They are also invaluable to the homeless who are often unable to store other food for long periods.
Gleaning is committed to helping underprivileged families access consistent, healthy food. Food banks and pantries are vital and efficient resources to help needy families. Therefore, we stocked food banks and pantries with 81 tons of canned goods in 2014.
This is an amazing opportunity to give back to our local community that has been so supportive for all these years. Food is always in such high demand; it means a lot that we are able to reach out and provide this resource.
Gleaning For The World delivers more than 100,000 blankets to homeless individuals every year. These blankets provide warmth and comfort for those who are fighting for their very survival. Many on the streets face horrible situations every day, including freezing temperatures, violence, sexual assault and theft. These simple, low-cost blankets provide a comfort to those who have no hope.
Many of the homeless that we encounter are people who have fallen on hard times. Many are veterans, many are mentally ill and cannot afford medication. We can make a difference in these men, women and children’s lives long enough for them to get the help they need to pull themselves out of this painful situation.
These blankets are such a Godsend, the quality, the thickness, the size of them you can’t really describe it. We have had people donate blankets before, but often they are little fleece blankets and wouldn’t keep me warm on my sofa let alone being out in the wind. These blankets that Gleaning For The World is providing are such a tremendous help to the people out there. It’s hard to imagine doing this program without them. It just wouldn’t happen.
It’s hard to know who to trust when trying to help the American veterans. So many of them have been listed as the least efficient charities and spend much more money on marketing than on helping our service men and women. That is why we have a small group of organizations that we work closely with. We provide resources and supplies to these organizations so they can help those injured men and women who fought so hard for us.
We also work closely with our local VA hospital. Several times each year, we deliver creature comforts to those recovering and rehabbing at the facilities.