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Helping Hands Gleaning Ministry is a private, 501(c)3, tax exempt, hunger relief organization with an office in southern Dallas County, Texas. Utilizing a volunteer staff, and with a minimal operating budget, this ministry is dedicated to using grassroots food rescue efforts to feed the hungry.
Gleaning is the salvaging of perishable food that would otherwise be dumped or left in the fields after harvest to rot. This food is non-marketable due to over-production, size, shape, or other imperfection, but is still edible and nutritious. Hungry people can be fed with these leftovers. Based on scriptures from the Old Testament, gleaning is a commandment from God as a method to feed the poor, widows, and orphans.
Our main field gleaning event each year is the Yam Jam sweet potato gleaning. Weather conditions here in Texas have made it difficult to predict exact dates when we will glean, but we will glean at any time and any crop when a farmer notifies us that he has a field available. This generally takes place between July and October.
Many other donations are received from local produce wholesale companies, trucking terminals, and excess at food banks.
Using the helping hands of dedicated volunteers, we gather leftover food from God’s bountiful harvest and donate it to feed hungry people. Our goal is that no edible food will go to waste, but will be used to help end hunger. The purpose of Helping Hands Gleaning Ministry is to bridge the gap between the broker or grower and the person who needs food. Helping Hands Gleaning Ministry distributes the donated food to people in need through food pantries, shelters, housing authorities, senior citizens’ centers, and other agencies that feed the hungry.
The hungry and needy:
The single parent moving from welfare to work;
The senior citizen who needs help stretching the food budget so a prescription can be purchased;
The single mother, who with some help stretching her food budget, can provide school supplies for her child;
The head of a household who is between jobs and needs temporary help feeding the family;
The household where the adults are employed at low paying jobs that only provides basic necessities.
Farmers benefit too:
Food that would otherwise have rotted in their fields turns into a tax deduction!
Despite challenges caused in recent years by weather and other conditions, we have continued to pursue and accomplish our mission of service.
These pounds represent millions and millions of servings of food for hungry people. This is one group where caring makes a real difference!
Volunteers for gleaning... Volunteer and join the efforts of Helping Hands Gleaning Ministry as it seeks to fulfill God’s commandments!
Volunteer field supervisor
Food or cash donations... Donations are tax-deductible. We'll gladly provide a receipt for income tax purposes.
Are you a Backyard Gardener? We can help you put a good use to the excess tomatos or fruit you can't use, or perhaps which would ripen and otherwise spoil while you're on vacation.
Are you a farmer? ...after you've finished your harvest, please consider letting us glean for charity any leftover food items remaining in your fields! We will gladly supply you with a receipt for income tax purposes as evidence of your charitable donation.
Twenty percent of the people in the developing world are chronically undernourished.
Texas ranks second in the U.S. in the number of hungry people.
Every year in the developing world, 13 million children under the age of five die of malnutrition and related preventable diseases.
In Texas, it is estimated that 1 in 10 children under the age of 12 are hungry.
In the United States, an estimated 30 million people cannot afford to buy enough food to maintain good health.
The world produces enough food for everyone to have a 2,500 calorie diet a day.
Industrial countries contain only 20% of the world’s population but consume 80% of its resources.
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Helping Hands Gleaning Ministry
an IRS 501c(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization
808 Hilltop Circle, DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: (469) 337-2576
hands in action against hunger