In addition to gleaning farm fields, Ousley said SoSA also works closely with produce packing companies, picking up product that didn’t make grade for that particular packinghouse.
“Like a farmer once said, we don’t grow this stuff to plow it under,” said Bernie Schneider, program coordinator, who works with Ousley in their small office.
As a nonprofit, SoSA is always looking for help with funding.
“The first five years, we operate from grants,” Ousley said. “But we’re reaching out to churches and other organizations for support.
“What we spend most of our money on is packaging and freight. Almost 93% of all funds raised go toward feeding people.
“Food banks are reporting a 40% to 50% increase in numbers of people from a year ago. This situation’s dire, and we’re trying to meet the need.”