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Smith County Corn Helps Feed Those In Need

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by Marcus Washington

RIDDLETON, Tenn. - Forty football players run through a Smith County corn field as a way to not only feed those in need, but help feed souls.

"The corn we're picking today is going to an eight county area," said Tennessee program director of Society of St. Andrew, Linda Tozer.

With the help of 40 high school football players from Donelson Christian Academy, 27,000 pounds of sweet corn is tossed into the beds of trucks.

"Being a team is about giving and so it's a great way to do it for somebody else, instead of ourselves," said Donelson Christian Academy head football coach and athletic director, Dennis Goodwin.

The efforts are part of the Society of St. Andrew, an organization that gets food to those in need using grass root efforts.

"That builds relationships with farmers and then when they have food going to waste at the farm level, we find the agencies that are helping to feed the hungry and we find volunteers to come," said Tozer.

The football payers have been taking part in what is called, gleaning. It's when farmers have picked what they can sell at market value, and then they allow folks to come out here and pick what is left.

Catesa Farms' George McDonald said, "When we get down and we harvest the marketable ears, then we take a bush hog and literally just mow it down; bush hog it off."

Instead of wasting what is perfectly good corn, McDonald said he supplies his corn for organizations like the Smith County Senior Center.

"This will be stuff that we will give to them that they may eat when they don't have other things to eat in their house because of income," said Nancy Goad with Smith County Senior Center.

McDonald said, "It's one of those things that yes, it makes you feel good, but I really don't do it to make me feel good, I do it to help other people."

If you would like more information on how to volunteer or have your organization become a part of the gleaning program, visit Society of St. Andrew.


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