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Gleaners tackle hunger by fighting waste

Gleaning is making a comeback, according to a story from Indiana Public Media.

Never heard of it? Gleaning is an ancient practice where crops left over from the harvest are gathered and redistributed to the less fortunate, author Julie Rooney writes.

Now, some organizations -- Rooney shares the example of the Society of St. Andrew -- are organizing volunteers to collect the extra crops and redistribute them to groups that serve the hungry. The gleaners coordinate with the farmers, who then let the volunteers work through their fields, most often by hand, and pick up as many of the crops as they can.