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Gleaning Oranges for Sarasota County

County to donate fruit to local food banks. Volunteers sought to help pick oranges from trees on public land

Press Release: Sarasota County officials are working with the nonprofit Society of St. Andrew to help restock local food banks with fresh, locally grown oranges.

The "Gleaning America's Fields" event will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Sarasota County Solid Waste Administration building, 4000 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis. From there participants will be shuttled to the county-owned citrus grove. "Last year was the first time we had an opportunity to harvest the oranges. More than 1.4 million pounds of oranges were picked and donated to food banks," said Brian Usher of Sarasota County Utilities. "We are seeking volunteers of all ages to come out for a few hours on a Saturday and help us give back to the community."

Gleaning is a traditional practice of gathering crops that would otherwise be left in the fields to rot, or be plowed under after harvest. The Society of St. Andrew started the Gleaning Network in 1988 and the practice is now performed each year in states across the country. Since 1995, when the Society of St. Andrew opened a Florida office, more than 31 million pounds of fresh produce have reached food banks in local communities.

To volunteer, contact Kate Lantz at[masked] or [masked].   

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at[masked] or visit


AND SPEAKING OF GLEANING! Please visit and support Jessica's Stand off Desoto Rd, as they regularly donate to all Faiths Food Bank through the Gleaning Program with Transition Sarasota.

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  • Jenna

    Very cool! We need to be doing a lot more of this in Sarasota.

    March 19, 2014

  • Kevin T.

    This is great! How long do you think we will be there?

    March 11, 2014

    • Liz

      hey Kevin, I actually won't be able to make it in the end. :( BUT i've sent and email asking for ending times. no reply yet, but i'll let you know asap if they reply. Happy Gleaning! :)

      March 14, 2014

  • Don B.

    Can't make it but glad to see this happening.

    March 11, 2014

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