I keep running into themes and ideas that we haven’t gotten to in our Food in the Bible series yet, but I can’t pass up the chance to introduce them. Gleaning is the practice of not harvesting the edges of crop fields, leaving crops for the poor to sustain themselves (Lev. 19:9-10; 23:22, Deut 24:21, Ruth). Well, now food banks are asking gardeners to take up this Old Testament practice to alleviate hunger and put more food on the shelves. This a really cool application of this practice to our modern day situation. Unfortunately, it’s not churches and communities of faith that came up with it. Here’s a few links to organizations promoting this idea.
Plant a Row: http://www.gardenwriters.org/par/
America’s Second Harvest: http://www.secondharvest.org/