Volunteers at a Huntsville church pack up apples to feed those in need

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- It's a gesture that's sweet to the core.

Volunteers filled the Trinity United Methodist Church parking lot in Huntsville on Saturday for a delicious mission-- packing up 9,000 pounds of apples.

The fruit will be donated to those in need.

It's in connection with the Society of St. Andrew, a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to recovering food that would otherwise go to waste. They get it from local farmers and through churches and other organizations, pass it along to local feeding agencies.

Jan Hicks, Director of Children's Ministries at the church, said, "At Trinity we are the love of Christ in action. So we are always looking for ways that we can be that love in the community."

The apples came from Crow Mountain Orchards in Fackler, North of Scottsboro in Jackson County. There was even a volunteer on hand to take the inedible apples in the bunch to another farm, to feed animals.