Last week, Karen Anderson, Project Manager for Ozark Mission Project, delivered over 1,000 gleaning bags that were made by the NWA OMP 101 community builders.
“Gleaning bags are used to give fresh vegetables to our neighbors who visit the food bank,” Karen shared. “God gave directives to the people of Israel on what their heart should be regarding the poor and how they could express this heart in tangible ways. One mechanism to helping the poor was called gleaning.”
The gleaning bags will be used in the warehouse where volunteers will sort bulk sweet potatoes and apples. They will be distributed this week at the mobile pantries and through other pantry partner agencies.
“It takes many partnerships and many volunteers to nourish our community in Northwest Arkansas. We are grateful for the gleaning bags provided by the campers at OMP 101,” said Rev. Lindsey Russell, who serves as the pastor of worship and engagement at Elm Springs UMC and as the mobile services coordinator at The NWA Food Bank.