Northeast State has partnered with The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) to host a “crop drop” on Friday, Sept. 26 at the main campus in Blountville to benefit local hunger relief agencies.
The College’s office of Campus Activities welcomes SoSA to campus at 8:30 a.m. to sort, bag, and prepare 5,000 pounds of green beans to help stock the shelves of local hunger relief agencies.
“This opportunity for Northeast State students, faculty and staff to serve with SoSA is particularly special as hunger in our region, nation, and world is a very real problem for many people,” said Mark Beaty, director of Campus Activities at Northeast State. “To serve in this capacity fits nicely with the vision of the office of Campus Activities at Northeast State…we are honored to be a part of this.”
A crop drop is a large produce recovery event where volunteers unite to sort, bag and distribute a large quantity of produce reclaimed from agricultural operations. This is food that, while perfectly edible and nutritious, falls outside the scope of what is considered marketable.
Hughes Farm of Crossville cultivates approximately 5,000 acres of green beans each year, many of which fall outside the product specifications of the growing contract. SoSA Tennessee partnered with Hughes Farm to recover these beans as they are culled from their operation and distributed to hunger relief agencies and food pantries across the state.
Northeast State volunteers will transport the beans to a suitable sorting and bagging location. Student and faculty volunteers will bag the beans for pick-up by area agencies. The beans, which were in the field that morning, could conceivably be on the plate of a neighbor by dinner.
Founded in 1979, SoSA has saved nearly a billion pounds of food through its produce recovery programs and regional offices – all for two cents a serving. The Tennessee office, which opened in 2010, has recovered over 4 million pounds of produce to date, working to ensure these 12 million servings end up on the plates of hungry Tennesseans.