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Millions of pounds of food will remain in U.S. fields this harvest season, left behind by harvesting machinery. But the Society of St. Andrew, based in Big Island, Virginia, has been cleaning up after these machines for more than 25 years, gleaning the leftovers and distributing them to those in need.

The ecumenical society estimates that 461.5 million pounds of food that would have been left to rot were recovered by 250,000 of their volunteers over the past quarter-century. That translates into about 1.4 billion servings of food, from Texas yams to California oranges.
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Title Annotation:GOOD NEWS; Food aid
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2005
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