By Maureen McNair
I Love to Glean is a start up, non-proﬁt food bank located in Chula Vista less than two miles from our South Bay Food Pantry. I am thrilled to share with you that I Love to Glean is also the recipient of the Sunday generosity oﬀerings for February and March.
I Love to Glean is the brainchild of Karen Clay, a visionary and activist who currently lives in Imperial Beach. Karen is a retired event organizer. South Bay Food Pantry volunteers recognize her behind her mask when they see her long gray hair and ancient red pick up truck.
Karen created this non-proﬁt food bank to rescue the tons of edible food currently going to landﬁlls. I Love to Glean does not distribute rescued food directly to individuals. Instead, they provide that food to pantries, and pantries distribute the food to people experiencing food insecurity. Currently, Karen works with about three dozen pantries.
Karen’s idea is brilliant and one whose time has come.
The friends and members of this congregation can be an important part of I Love to Glean in at least two ways.
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