The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



It's an idea worth keeping

Gleaning is a good idea. I think of church groups on Long Island that collect the potatoes left behind by the picking machines for their soup kitchens.

Or the New York City man who had worked the streets, scavenging toasters, space heaters, blenders — all working and all thrown out. He had collected and sold enough to bequeath more than $1 million to the city.

Or Farm Share in Homestead, Fla., which receives and delivers tons of vegetables "too ugly" to ship. A grower who wanted to get rid of the undesirable vegetables (and the high cost of garbage pickup) and one woman planned the redistribution scheme that today supplies soup kitchens nationwide.

Gleaning is God's idea.

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