Since 2012, the Sathya Sai Centre of West Palm Beach has supported gleaning projects during harvest season to prevent food waste. Gleaning, the act of collecting produce left in the fields after harvest, prevents food waste by supplying local agencies with food for low-income families. Three to five times a year, SSIO volunteers walk through the fields to glean seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as beets, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, sweet corn, potatoes, avocados, mangoes or strawberries. The produce is then distributed to operators of hunger-abatement programmes and food banks, thus implementing Swami’s directive not to waste food, as it is God.
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