Webinar: How Houses of Worship Can Get Surplus Farm Produce, Through Gleaning, to People in Need

Date:  April 24, 2023, 5:30 – 7:00 pm CST
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This webinar is the third in a mini-series on Sustainable Land Use Practices, Reducing Food Waste & Supporting Vulnerable Communities, as part of the EJ Webinar Series for Houses of Worship and Communities. This webinar will identify ways Houses of Worship can help improve the access of healthy food for the vulnerable individuals, families, and communities they serve. The presentations will discuss how Houses of Worship can partner with farmers and farm gleaners to deliver healthy produce to people in need.  The presenters will provide examples, information on available resources, and best practices that can be used and immediately implemented.  


  • Tom O’Donnell, Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Materials Management, Region 3, U.S EPA
  • Lynette Johnson, Executive Director, Society of St. Andrew
  • Mike Smith, Master Gardner, Project Leader of the Community Garden, Concord United Methodist Church
  • Reverend Zach HopplePastor, Christ United Methodist ChurchLansdale, PA
    (Welcome & Introductions)
  • Danny Gogal and Ericka FarrellOffice of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, U.S. EPA (Facilitators)

The following are additional resources created to support faith communities in their efforts to address environmental and public health concerns: Supporting Healthy Houses of Worship GuideEPA Resources for the Faith Community and specific to this webinar: Society of St. Andrew food waste reduction home page and an overview of an EPA grant to reduce food waste.

For questions about this webinar or the EJ Webinar Series for Houses of Worship and Communities please contact Danny Gogal (gogal.danny@epa.gov), Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, EPA.

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