Harvest of Hope
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Contact: Scott Briggs
The Society of St. Andrew
3383 Sweet Hollow Road
Big Island, VA 24526
Harvest of Hope educates participants concerning the domestic and global hunger problem; encouraging them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution.
Project/Focus: Participants glean nutritious produce from farmers' fields and orchards after harvest. This food, instead of being left behind to rot, is delivered to those in need through programs such as local food banks and soup kitchens. Harvest of Hope is a national gleaning network.
Educational/Advocacy Components: Participants learn about hunger through a variety of educational tools, coupled with worship. Hunger education components of the program happen each evening in large and small groups. Harvest of Hope educational materials on hunger in the U.S. and food waste are located at www.endhunger.org/usa_hunger.htm. A hunger Bible Study is located at www.endhunger.org/study.
Time: Groups submit applications to attend. Deadlines are four weeks before the event. Weeklong camps are scheduled for senior-high groups in the summer. Weekend camps are scheduled in the spring, summer and fall for junior-high groups, and students and young adult groups, and intergenerational groups. Camp locations vary.
Group Size: Six is a good size. Initial group registration is limited to 18 per church. At some events, several church teams can be accommodated up to 60. No team is too small.
Minimum Age: 10 years
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5 If bringing a mixed gender group, must have a male and female leader.
Accommodations: Harvest of Hope staff arranges housing for groups at church camps or college dormitories. Housing conditions vary by location. Some are very rustic with sleeping accommodations on floor mats. Some are more modern.
Cost: Weeklong camps $185 per person, includes housing, meals and programming; Fall Weekend camps $75 per person, includes housing, meals and programming.
Harvest of Hope events are arranged in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.
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