Society Of St. Andrew
Rating: 4.91 stars 164 164 reviews 16,372
Food, Human Services
3383 Sweet Hollow Rd Big Island VA 24526 USA
GLEANING AMERICA'S FIELDS - FEEDING AMERICA'S HUNGRY. Founded in 1979. 20 to 30 million pounds of fresh produce is saved each year by the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) and donated to feed the hungry nationwide. SoSA's Gleaning Network uses tens of thousands of volunteers to glean farmers' fields and orchards after harvest for nutritious produce that would otherwise be plowed under or left to rot. SoSA's Potato & Produce Project salvages truckloads of perfectly good but commercially unmarketable potatoes and other produce donated by members of the agricultural community. All of this food is then delivered and donated to food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other critical service agencies in the 48 contiguous states. These agencies, in turn, distribute the food directly to the needy. SoSA's Harvest of Hope program educates people about the hunger problem and encourages them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution. The Society of St. Andrew is a faith-based ecumenical nonprofit organization adhering to the highest standards of good stewardship. It maintains an operational overhead of under 10%, resulting in more than 90 cents of every donated dollar going directly to providing food for the hungry.
Direct beneficiaries per year:
tens of millions of people
Geographic areas served:
United States - 48 contiguous states
100 million servings of fresh fruits and vegetables
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This 30-year-old non-sectarian national hunger relief agency distributes fresh produce and a wide variety of other healthy foods to a wide variety of frugal community agencies nationwide.
It recruits volunteers to glean quality produce directly at farms and orchards, as well as food donations from a variety of food vendors, thereby salvaging much food that otherwise would be wasted!
It has grown steadily over 30 years in the quantity and quality of donated food distributed and the number of volunteers of all ages.
It also has programs educating teens and all ages in causes of and solutions to hunger in America and worldwide.
Its overhead costs are under 8% - excellent in comparison to many other worthy charities!
I have personally supported its healthy food gathering and distribution throughout its 30-plus years, and have been continually blessed by being a blessing to so many of the hungry in this way!
The Society of St. Andrew has helped feed thousands of people who would otherwise go hungry. Time and time again SofSA reaches out to those in need. God bless the Society of St. Andrew.
Although I have not attended any of their gleanings or distribution events, I have supported them monetarily for many years. I have also encouraged many of my fellow church members to donate to SOSA to get more "bang for their buck."
love that SoSA helps with the basic needs of people....supplying food.
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They use the money we've raised and sent them to feed way more people than we ever could on our own. They make use of everything and every opportunity!
So much food is left in the fields after harvest! Thank God for the wonderful farmers, volunteers and leaders that make it possible for all that food to go from the farm to the mouths of hungry children and adults! This is such a cool organization - and one of the few that are a great fit for a family with little children to be involved in serving. What a joy it is for children to run through the field harvesting sweet potatoes (or other crops), knowing that their hard work is feeding other children! It's a wonderful way to teach service, charity and compassion to even the youngest child! Keep up the good work SoSa!
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I have gleaned with Society of St. Andrews for about 6 years. I believe in their mission to help get good, nutritious fruits and vegetables (which would normally be disposed of) to people who are in need. Many foods donated to food banks are high in carbs, over processed, and high in sodium. America needs a diet with fresh apples, green beans, egg plants, tomatoes, turnips, pumpkins-- All of which I have gleaned through SOSA here in Virginia
I spent a weekend, along with a half dozen members of my church, gleaning vegetable fields on John's Island in South Carolina, while bunking in migrant worker's quarters. After working in the fields all day we met with the SOSA organizers to learn about the extent of poverty and hunger in this country. It was a consciousness raising experience for all of us and the following spring our church planted a hunger garden and contributed about three thousand pounds of food to local food banks. SoSA provides a great service to hungry people.
These guys do the most incredible job of matching need with an excess of supply. They provide through the gleaning network and many volunteers the means for good but excess produce to reach those who need it most. This helps the growers who need to dispose of excess produce and provides healthy food for those in need. They also do this for a phenomenally low overhead so that donations go to help those in need. I have been a supporter of SOSA for over 30 years and have never had any reason to regret supporting them. They continue to amaze me with what they can accomplish.
We gleaned Apple's in an orchard and were amazed at the amount we collected in a day. We participated in a hunger event that evening that left some of our group in tears from the raw emotions, and all of us with much more hunger awareness. You never know if your neighbors might be some of those who are hungry. SoSA takes what would normally be wasted and combines it with those who follow Christ's words to feed the hungry and works wonders. I will always support them.