Volunteers work with farmers to feed communities fresh food

Volunteers work with farmers to feed communities fresh food
The organization digs up the potatoes in the mornings and distributes them in the afternoon. (Source: WALB)
Annie McIver. (Source: WALB)
Annie McIver. (Source: WALB)
Sandi Newman. (Source: WALB)
Sandi Newman. (Source: WALB)

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A group of volunteers is teaming up with farmers to make sure communities have access to fresh foods where they live.

"Once you get started and digging in the dirt you get that feeling, it's good for you, it's healthy," said volunteer Annie McIver.

McIver came to Chula Farm to feel that feeling.

"I grew up on a farm so this is kind of the background that I'm used too. this is my background," she said.

As well as to do something that she said runs through her veins.

"I come from a family that gives, it's like a second nature to us," she said.

As a volunteer with the society of St. Andrew, McIver, and others gathered to glean.

"We work with farmers that allow us to come out into the field and do this when they're either through with the field of crops or in this particular case the farmer grew these potatoes for our use," said Sandi Newman, South Georgia Program Coordinator.

The organization digs them up in the mornings and distributes them in the afternoon.

"We load them into pickup trucks and those trucks go out to different communities, to agencies, soup kitchens, and shelters," said Newman.

They deliver in Albany, Ben Hill, and Coffee County, and the response they get from people keeps them coming back.

"We make sure that none of the produce we pick is never sold, so we deal with volunteers that we know are going to go into the communities and serve the people that they know need this produce," said Newman.

"When they see it fresh they go, ooh, ah, I want some of that," said McIver.

If you would like to volunteer with the organization contact Sandi Newman at (229)-386-5800.

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