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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Food Programs, Human Services

Mission: 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.

Target demographics: hungry Americans

Direct beneficiaries per year: tens of millions of people

Geographic areas served: United States - 48 contiguous states

Programs: 100 million servings of fresh fruits and vegetables

Community Stories

177 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mary480

Donor

Rating: 5

Aside from their superlative efficiency with the money I donate, I especially like this charity because they accept no government funds.

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I am not able to volunteer, I am able to donate funds each month to SOSA. It has been one of our greatest joys to be able to say we helped. It is a great organization and being from Big Island I can say that with all sincerity. Keep up the good work!!

Erin127

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great charity that fights hunger by gleaning unharvested food from farmers. Please donate to this wonderful organization! :-)

Jill110

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been gleaning fields with the Society of St. Andrew team in Charlotte, NC for a couple years now. In my mind, there is NO better group to work with b/c these folks REALLY care about the people we're feeding, the farmers donating crops AND the gleaners who volunteer. It's a great way to teach your children to volunteer and help those less fortunate than ourselves since people of all ages can participate. We - with the help of SoSA - truly are "being the change we want to see in the world".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is top of the line in my book. They do more for folks in need than another organization that I know of. Why do I say that, because they spend less on overhead. They put over 96% of every dollar given them to use for feeding folks in need. They do this year in and year out. As a volunteer with them, I get to see all the smiles of folks that receive these fresh veggies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the SoSA for the past 6 years and have watched this fantastic organization grow and help feed more needy families in our area. Our state, Tennessee is the 6th hungriest state in the US. SoSA is continuing to work with farmers and local farmer's market to "salvage" fresh produce that is on the tables of needy families daily. I can't think of a better organization to be GreatNonprofits.

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haqiqu

Donor

Rating: 5

There is absolutely nothing negative I could say about this organization. Their work is win-win-win. Farmers have a place to donate their abundance of crops, the food goes to hungry people in the same area and good people come together to glean those crops, package them and get them to the hungry/homeless. The Society of St. Andrew perfectly embodies "waste not, want not." This is truly love in action!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit organization enlists local volunteers to glean fields of produce that will not be sold or otherwise used. This is not all they do, but this is the bulk of their outreach. The food is distributed to local food banks and other agencies that see that it gets to those who would other wise go hungry. There can be no better to serve the homeless and hungry. They are a selfless and altogether wonderful organization. They are angels on earth.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Society of Saint Andrew is doing a phenomenal job bringing together two different groups in need -- farmers who have an excess of produce or produce they are unable to harvest and those in need and hungry. Working with individuals, organizations, and churches, they are able to harvest and distribute amazing amounts of food that would otherwise go to waste. Always happy to support their efforts.

jdevine18

Donor

Rating: 5

I have praised this organization before, and gladly do so again. They reclaim good food that otherwise would go to waste, and they distribute it to people who need it. Win-Win! They provide opportunities for volunteers to get out into the fields to see where food comes from, and for people of faith to put that faith into action (and get their hands dirty). They reduce environmental hazards due to wasted food; they increase nutritional well-being for people who don't regularly receive fresh food. Makes sense on so many levels. I have gladly supported them for more than 30 years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For three decades now, I have personally supported this organization. Doesn't it make all the sense in the world to save good food that would otherwise be thrown away, and take it to hungry people? There's no reason for hunger in the USA. SOSA knows "enough is enough". There IS enough food for everyone. The challenge is to distribute it. And that's what they do.

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Melissa203

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our church uses the Society of St. Andrew's materials for advent and for lent, plus we held a church-wide Bible school for two years, using their free curriculum. We follow their September Hunger Action Month calendar as well. SoSA has the right idea - don't let anything go to waste! I think this organization is one of the top non-profits in our country and hope they will be able to continue their work in the future. They are a valuable resource and in addition, use their resources wisely. I am proud to be a supporter of SoSA.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found SoSA while looking for a Bible school curriculum. Our church is supporting this program for the first time this year and we're hoping our first whole church Bible school will be a success in September, 2014. The more research I do on SoSA, the more impressed I am! I was pleasantly surprised to see that they have joined hands with my denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), just this summer. It seems my church was destined to use their curriculum for our Bible school and for us to support them financially with our offering box givings this fall. I'm hoping this will be the first of many times throughout the next years we can support their efforts at eliminating hunger.

Nell W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped glean corn. It was very rewarding. I plan to help whenever possible that an old 63 yr old granny can help. Love doing the Lord's work. Remember..... Unto the least of these, it was also done for Him. Steam ahead SoSA.