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Meet the gleaners, combing farm fields to feed the newly hungry

Iola Brown helps pick hundreds of ears of corn on behalf of the Society of St. Andrew, at Long & Scott Farms, in Mount Dora, Fla., June 4, 2020. The age-old tradition of gleaning suddenly has fresh urgency in the pandemic, delivering surplus produce to Americans who can’t feed their families. (Eve Edelheit/The New York Times)

With the pandemic, gleaning groups are at the front lines of those helping stabilize the nation’s shaky food supply, perfectly positioned to leverage one problem — a bounty of unsellable crops — to help solve another: rampant hunger.  VIEW

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