By Kristen Johnson
My very dear friend from my United Methodist congregation, Peggy, is such a fabulous example for me of living the Church through service. On top of working tirelessly year after year on Operation Christmas Child and serving on our knitting/crochet group for charity, she also travels around the country in her RV serving where needed. One organization that she serves is called Gleaning for the Hungry. It’s impossible not to be impressed by the mission and work of this fabulous organization. And, as one who also has an RV in the family, I see a lot of upcoming work opportunities for my family!
Gleaning for the Hungry is located in Dinuba, California in the San Joaquin Valley. Every year, they reprocess and dry fresh peaches that are not sellable by the peach industry and send them out to feed the world. They also produce a healthy soup mix that makes 50 million meals a year, provide warm quilts for the needy, and procure and donate a lot of extra items like raisins, beans, rice, cereal, etc. The food is donated in the U.S. and abroad, to approximately 40 different countries! Gleanings is a Christian organization, so the Gospel message is included.
In looking at their website, it is interesting to note that every single position is volunteer – absolutely nobody is paid. Also, they have accommodations and food service for work teams, particularly during fruit season and soup season, and RV accommodations! So, it is really the perfect opportunity for RVers and retirees!
For more information on this fabulous organization, rated 4 stars on Charity Navigator, see here: http://gleanings.org.
Thank you to the volunteers at Gleaning for the Hungry, and to my friend Peggy. All of you are a shining example to all of us of what it means to live the Church.
Proverbs 19:17 (NRSV): Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full.
Serve all with love.
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